Lessons I’ve Learned In College

In my four years at Regent University, I have learned a good many things. Mostly what I have learned pertains to my degree in Animation. However, I have learned a lot that has nothing to do with my degree. These are lessons I have learned over time from all the people I have met and the situations I've been in. Maybe you can also learn something from them, and hopefully without all the struggle and heartache. Alright, here we go. These are the lessons I’ve learned in college:  

  • Show up to class, to show out.

  • Get to know yourself.

  • Your classmates are not just classmates, they are also your network.

  • If you want to get back at someone who hurt you, the best thing is to move on, forget them, and do better than before.

  • Time is a non-renewable resource.

  • Communication is key to any good relationship.

  • If you do not like something, you do not have to accept it into your life.

  • If someone shows you who they are, believe them.

  • Anyone in your life (new friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc) should be able to meet the standards you set for yourself or your best friend.

  • It is always better to work and plan ahead when possible.

  • If you can avoid 3hr classes, do it (shhh, just trust me).

  • If you want to take a class that is not offered, try to create an independent study with a professor who is like a mentor to you.

  • Your goals change and so do you; do not freak out.

  • Mental health is important; take care of yourself.

  • Nothing can substitute a good meal.

  • Friends come and go, and if they want to leave let them go.

  • Talk to professors, create dialogue, and a rapport with them.

  • Set standards for yourself and others (and then keep holding them to it!)

  • If you do not ask the answer will always be no.

  • You are capable of much more than you think, both good and bad.

  • People are more than just what they are to you.

  • Your sleep schedule dictates everything the older you get.

  • Stretching is important.

  • Always drink water.

  • If someone talks badly of strangers as well as their best friends, they will do the same about you.

  • Try things you are not sure about; you’ll be surprised what you like.

  • Compromise on opinions, not core beliefs.

  • Do not confuse attention for interest, and interest for intent (oh God please don't).

  • Explore hobbies and interests and find new ways to be productive.

  • Self-care is not just feeling good, it is also being real with yourself so you can grow.

  • Consistent and kind people make the best friends.

  • Budget early and save often.

  • Create a support system that continues on after college.

  • Keep in touch with the ones you love.

  • Schedule what you find important in your life, and set alarms to remind you.

  • Go to the doctor at least once a year.

  • Get involved with groups that support what you find important.

  • Take care of your body now. It is the same one you'll have when you are older.

  • Growth is never easy and does not feel good, but it is better than stagnating.

  • Learn how to cook.

  • Learn how to do laundry.

  • Do not give up before you even start.

  • If you do not know something, ask.

  • Stand up for what you believe in (respectfully).