What I’ve learned in my 4 years of College

These past four years has been the best years of my life. If I could redo anything, I would not change a thing. Not only did I learn from inside the classroom, but I learned much more outside of it.

How to “just do you, man”

The best advice I have ever received was in my sophomore year I was pledging a fraternity. We were practicing on our homecoming skit and when we asked the active that made up the skit if we should do a certain thing he would always just tell us to “just do you, man.” He would say this often in other circumstances, but when he said it to me the first time it stuck with me. I know that it doesn’t really sound like advice but I thought about it and in life sometimes you just have to do what you think is best and not do what others are expecting you to do. This advice is what I would tell anyone who is going into their freshman year of college because college is really four years (or five) of being on your own and doing what you think is best for you.

How to manage time

Time management is something that you really have to focus on in college especially if you become involved with organizations, sports, or jobs. Although no one is perfect with time management, it is something that helps get through college and life after college.

What I want to do with my life

Most people will tell you that you will switch your major a couple of times throughout the first year or two of college. This is usually true and is why it is helpful that you don’t dive right into all of your major’s courses. Everyone has at one point in their freshman year ask why they have to take classes like World of the Arts and a science class when they aren’t majoring in anything close to science. To be honest, I like that I didn’t go right into my major’s classes because I still needed to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. There is no way that I would have been ready to go into the work force after two years. I have been here for four years and I still feel like I am not ready to leave.  If a four year college was done in two years, I wouldn’t have learned all that I did outside of class that helped make me become ready for after college. Just as Ferris Bueller would say, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Four years of college does go by as fast as people say, so take in all that you can so that you can really figure out what you wanna end up doing for the rest of your life.

 

 

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3 Things That Should Have Stayed in 2016

2016 was a year to remember although most people would rather want it to be a year to forget. Whether it was because of the Harambe or the election, everyone seemed to mark 2016 as the worst year ever. For me, it was the best year of my life. I turned 21 years old and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. What more could I ask for? Although I do agree with leaving some trends behind in 2016.

Boomerang Camera

The boomerang camera started to pick up later in the year but is one trend that should have started and ended in 2016. Just about every Instagram story is a boomerang and makes be feel like I’m looking at a newspaper from Hogwarts. Can we all just go back to just taking pictures or videos?

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Single Season Netflix Shows

Netflix has been making shows of their own and become very popular. The 8 episodes of Stranger Things were great, for a day. It’d be great if they could release one episode a week so that I don’t watch an entire season in one day then have to wait over a year to watch the next season. The real treasures of Netflix are shows that no one heard of until the show was 7 seasons deep already. If Netflix can do that somehow, that would be a great thing to start doing in 2017.

Taking an “L”

Just about every college student, me included, has used the caption of “Took an L last night but…” for an Instagram caption. It was a great caption to use for someone who went out the night before and probably drank too much. The caption originated from the song “Bounce Back” and has been over used ever sense. It should be left in the song and not your Instagram caption.