What College Has Taught Me

Everyone hears the same advice when they leave for college; “These are the best 4 years of your life.” I will be the first to say, when I heard these words I laughed. I thought, how the hell are these are going 4 years going to be ‘the best?’ I walked in thinking I knew everything there was to know about college.

I admit I was the furthest thing off from knowing. The truth is, you can’t prepare yourself for anything in college. You can think it will be like one thing and it will turn out to be the complete opposite.  While I don’t usually like to admit I am wrong, here I am saying I was wrong. College has been the best 4 years of my life so far.

If I had never gone to college, I would've never been able to meet the people I call my family today. My roommates, my classmates, the people I call in trouble. These are the people I would drop anything for and I know they would do the same for me. They’ve shaped me into who I am and will be the friendships I carry throughout my life.

If I had never gone to college, I would’ve never been able to join my sorority. As cliché as it might seem, joining a sorority has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve made in my life. It has given me the privilege of meeting new girls who turned into my sisters but also raising awareness about issues like cystic fibrosis and anorexia nervosa. These girls will be the ones who watch me get married, as well as become the “aunts” to my children. They have taught me how to become stronger and pushed me to reach higher goals.

If I had never gone to college, I would never had met the professors that have educated me and shaped me into the woman I am today. Whether it being lesson plans or advice about life, these professors have made an impact in my life. They not only carved the path in my life, but have given me tips on how to succeed throughout life.

If I had never gone to college, I would not be the person I am today. I would not have been able to grow and experience everything life has handed to me already. I would not have been able to learn true struggles, or the meaning of hardship. College has allowed me to change and adapt to everything in life within myself but also this world. I truly do not think I would be who I am today without leaving home. While I still have a life to live, I can say that college will always be the greatest 4 years of my life.