What College Taught Me

When I entered college – I like most students was prepared to learn. I was ready for an education more advanced than one I had before. Although, my school gave that to me, it gave me something much, much, more… It taught me lessons that weren’t taught in the classroom, but right outside the door.

At college I learned…

1.) How to persevere…

If I didn’t learn this from my young life as a writer – I certainly have now. When I look back at these past two years – there were times I wanted to give up. There were times I wanted to quit. There were times I truly considered doing both. But at college I learned to stick with it. In the end, the idea of graduating was enough to keep me going.

2.) How to balance…

This one is an easy one to explain but so hard to do. College is all about balancing the work load. When I started college – I was working and had other deadlines with my writing. I felt unbalanced, tired and drained constantly. But quickly, I learned how to carry the extra weight – without dropping the ball in other areas of my life. {Adulting 101: Planning out my day, if not week} (Props to those who do this ^^ with children).

3.) How to step up…

College made me more independent. When I was at school, I didn’t have anyone tell me what to do or when to do it. I had to advocate for myself more than before. I had to step up and take advantage of the education I was getting.

4.) How to let go…

Friends come and friends go. When I left high school and started college, I never realized how much my friendships would change. Some would become stronger. And unfortunately, others would weaken, if not break. But after some time, I saw the good in letting go. College taught me the importance of my emotional health – and man it was needed.

5.) How to ask…

One thing I struggle with is asking for help. I always have. And a part of me always will. But sometimes help is needed. And college taught me – how to ask for it. During my time here, I had one class that challenged me deeply. For a longtime, I kept the struggle to myself. I didn’t raise my hand. I didn’t request clarification. And no matter how badly I struggled, I didn’t speak up…

But there came a point – where I had to admit – I needed help. And I couldn’t do it on my own. Fortunately, at the school I went to – tutoring was provided. It was there for those who wanted it. And it was there for students, like me – who needed it.

Finally – I took advantage of the help that was there, signed up for tutoring and began to struggle less. Not only did I start to understand the subject – I received something much bigger, a life lesson.

This one here was the biggest thing I learned as an undergrad. And the tutors I had were the best people I met during my time as a student.

Alyshia

Career Building. Nature Seeking. Book Reading. Bucket List Checking. Blog Writing.

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