So now that I’m done my undergraduate career, I figured I’d share some things I learned from university. Some of them are extremely cheesy, most of them you’ve heard already, but in no particular order, here goes:
- Tell people how you feel. Whether you’re angry with them, in love with them, or upset, it’s always better to get things off your chest. If you think someone is gorgeous, tell them. You’ll feel so much better and even though you might not get the answer you want, you’ll get closure.
- Live in the moment. Sometimes you have to forget about the exam you have in a week and enjoy whatever you’re doing – because you’ll probably never get to experience it again. If you want to hang out with someone the night before an exam, just do it. You really do only live once – may as well enjoy it.
- Don’t stress about the little things. So you didn’t get the perfect grade on a quiz or test, you didn’t get the shirt you wanted, or didn’t get invited to a party by accident. You’ll be fine. Sometimes you have to let the little things go. There are bigger things in life that matter.
- If your friends are trying to force you to join something, it’s probably because you should be doing it. Obviously this depends on the circumstance, don’t fall for peer pressure and do illegal things, but if they’re getting you to join something it’s probably because it’s fun. If I hadn’t joined Winter Carnival in first year, I wouldn’t have had the same university career. Even dodgeball this year, I had never joined intramurals and, even though it took some convincing and harassing, I’m so glad I did it.
- Sometimes it’s okay to stay in. Some of the best nights I’ve had have been my friends and I fooling around at home being idiots. It’s not where you are, but who you’re with.
- A smile can go a long way. Always smile, even to strangers. You never know how a simple smile can brighten someone’s day.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
- Everything happens for a reason. Yes it’s cheesy, but there have been many instances throughout my university career where something felt like it was the end of the world and it turned out to be for the best.
- Stay humble. Don’t let the little things get to your head.
- Be grateful. Whether it’s being grateful to your parents for helping you with your education, or your friend paid for your meal, always thank them. Be appreciative.
- You are a student. Yes, university isn’t just about grades and marks but remember you are a student first. Do not let fun get in the way of your future. You’re in university for a reason.
- Everyone deserves a second chance. People make mistakes, you make mistakes. We’re only human. Don’t forget that.
- Enjoy it. There won’t be many chances in your life where you live within a 5-10 minute walk to 20 (or more) of your closest friends. Who knows the next time in life where you know all of the bartenders and don’t have to show ID to get into a bar. Enjoy your experience, the good and the bad, because it flies by way too fast.
- Take pictures and make memories. Because let’s be real, they’re hilarious to look at in the future and you’ll regret not capturing the moment in the future.