This article will be about life lessons I wish I knew before I graduate from college. When I was in college, the only thing I care about was getting high grades and graduating with honors. I didn’t really care about making good friendships or involving in social activities. I did have a few friends, but to be honest I could do better. So, here is the life lessons I wish I knew at college:
1- Invest in your friendships:
Most of the college projects are teamwork, so if you are the type of person that it’s difficult to find the type of people you enjoy their company, at least make sure you surround yourself with collogues that have the same academic goals especially if you a straight A’s student. I can’t even tell the number of times I ended up losing marks because one of the team members did his work at the last minute. It’s very hard and can lead to unnecessary stress. Having good company around you can help with difficulties faced in the courses and it’s so much more fun to do projects with people you know other than strangers.
2- Involve in social activities:
Whether joining student clubs or networking with colleagues, it’s very important to demonstrate to the employers what else did you accomplish when you are in college other than your degree. Fortunately, I did join the Google developer student club the last semester and it did really help me to work on my communication and public speaking skills. If you got the chance to join a club, mention this in your resume and state what did you accomplish during your membership.
3- Your grades don’t define you and neither define how hard you worked for it:
I know that feeling when you study so hard for the test to end up getting a grade lower than your expectations. However, trust me, feeling upset about it won’t change it. All you need to do is let it go and move on to the next stage.
4- Prioritize your mental health:
Make sure you have a balance between college and life. Set a time daily to close everything related to college and do something else you love like drawing, cooking, etc.. . I know sometimes it’s hard to have strict timing but try to do something you enjoy whenever possible. It is very important to take a rest and remember you can’t reach your ultimate potential and performance if you are burned out.
5- It’s ok to say NO:
Last week I came across a video about the best advice that someone received and it was “No is a full sentence”. You don’t need to justify for anyone when you feel that you don’t want to do this thing. It’s not about being rude or irresponsible but there are a lot of people who will get used to asking many things from you which they can do by themselves.
I feel it’s very important to set boundaries and inform the people around you what’s ok and what’s not. My point here isn’t to not to do the tasks assigned to you but for example, if someone asked you to do something for them and you don’t feel it, then you don’t have to do it and you don’t need to feel bad about it.
To sum up, these lessons are the ones that I wish I knew or told when I was in college.
Maybe you already know these kinds of stuff or they aren’t that important, but everyone has his journey.
What’s really matter is to try to achieve what you want once you graduate and to keep your goals in your mind whenever you face any difficulty.
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