This past spring I was swamped. I had two jobs, an internship, and a full course-load. I was also trying to finish my thesis project and last semester of my undergraduate career. Now that I’m maybe 1/1000th as busy as I was then, I don’t even know how I made it through. College was a lot of fun, but I was running on an empty tank for the last two years and was happy to finally get to re-fuel. That was a seriously dorky analogy, but exactly how I felt.
In the midst of the most stressful year of my life, I sat down and thought about the lessons of college – specifically my last year. I wrote them down and ended up with a pretty intense list. Now that I’ve graduated I have a few more thoughts.
LESSONS FROM UNDERGRAD (IN PARTICULAR, SENIOR YEAR)
- Know who you are. Know your self worth.
- You are stronger than you think.
- People will always doubt you. At least a handful, if not more.
- You doubt others too. It’s natural, but nonetheless, you should work on doing it less.
- Confidence and effort are two of the most important pieces in achieving personal success.
- Never lose sight of where you are from. Home is at the core of each and everyone one of us.
- You will have failures. Many failures.
- You will think at times that you’re dumb. You can’t let those feelings get you down.
- Your greatest aspirations may never come to fruition – just know that if you continue to work hard, something good will come of it.
- Genuine feelings and behavior are of the utmost importance. If you aren’t genuine you’ve lost something deeply human. Get it back.
- Being humble is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and others. Never put your worth above another person’s.
- Doubting yourself is healthy.
- Work hard for your own sake, not simply to prove someone wrong.
- Enjoy yourself. Try to find joy in even the most mundane of tasks
- Be hopeful and brave. You’ve got this!
- Take as much time to relax as you can.
- Focus on your health – eating right and exercising has an immense affect on your success in school and work.
- School isn’t everything. It’s not even close to everything.
- Focus on learning something, rather than just getting a good grade.
- Don’t stress about the little things. They are so, unbelievably little.
- Take a break after graduation if you can. Travel, read, relax. You also need a bit of time as you transition into the “real world.”
- Never give up on finding a good job that’s fulfilling and makes you happy. It may take awhile, but you deserve to work somewhere where you can continue to learn and grow.