10 Lessons Learned in College

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1.  Making friends will never be easier.  Finding the time to go out for a drink, or a movie, or a game night is so much more complicated when you have a full-time job, a spouse, children, etc.  Plus there are all sorts of clubs and organizations to find people that are interested in the same things you are.

2. Go ahead and take a class or two you “know” you’ll never need.  I took History of Modern Art and thought I would never get any use out of it but it sounded interesting.  I loved the class and I get such a kick out of recognizing a certain work or artist when I see it in the media or at a museum.

3. Those big, bad Greek organizations are actually pretty awesome.  I learned so much from being part of a sorority, and yes, I mean more than just how to play beer pong!  I had tons of leadership opportunities in my sorority and on Panhellenic Council which was great to talk about in my job interviews!  It also taught me it’s important to volunteer my time to worthy causes like raising money for autism research and awareness and to give back by becoming an adviser to my chapter after graduation.

4. Don’t be so judgey.  College is a time to learn and grow and that means people will make mistakes.  You will make mistakes and wouldn’t it be nice if people gave you a break?

5. Don’t be so self-conscious.  Seriously, people don’t pay attention to you nearly as much as you think they do.

6. Go ahead and change your major when you realize you’re never getting a job in that field.  I just got my degree and got out.  I wish I wouldn’t have been too afraid to start over even though I had half my requirements for the major done before I realized the job prospects were super bleak.

7. Get in the habit of writing “thank you” notes.  Not only is it polite, but you will eventually need the skill.  It’s important to send thank you notes for job interviews and gifts for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, etc.

8. That friend that talks crap about everyone, does the same about you when you’re not around.  Guaranteed.

9. Let’s get lunch sometime does NOT mean let’s get lunch sometime.  If you actually wanted to see them you’d make an effort and commit to putting something on the calender.  It’s taken me awhile to learn it’s ok to not keep up with every acquaintance I made.

10. If you’re not happy with yourself you’ll never be happy with anyone else.  It’s so cliche but it’s absolutely true.  If you can’t spend a quiet Friday night at home  by yourself once in awhile and enjoy it you need to work on your life.  And a boyfriend or girlfriend will never make you happy if you’re not content with your life.

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