As a recent graduate I’ve ad the chance to do some reflecting on the past four years of my undergraduate studies. I’ve had to opportunity to acknowledge the lessons learnt from this experience; as such, these are my top four life lessons learnt at University.
1. No one is going to push you, besides yourself.
In my first year at university I couldn’t help but fiddle my thumbs waiting for the assistance of others to get things done. Whether it be an assignment or daily errands- get to it! I’ve learnt that the world works in a “every man for themselves” mentality. If you don’t take the initiative to do something, it will never happen. This leads to my next lesson learnt.
2. Not everyone cares… and that’s okay.
Continuing on from my previous point, not everyone cares about what you have to do or who you are. We meet people that come into our lives for a certain period of time and then they leave. They all play a particular role in our lives whether it be a big or small. Regardless of it, don’t feel hurt or insulted that not everyone is willing to go above and beyond to help you.
3. Get out of your comfort zone. How else do you expect to grow?
During my undergraduate, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of young and enthusiastic people, desperately dreaming over their future careers. However, the main excuse I’d hear is, “…But I would never be able to do that!”
We tend to get comfortable in life and settle. Our dreams become far-fetched and unreachable. I disagree. I believe it’s important to get out of our comfort zones to grow and experience new things. If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.
4. Make a mistake, or a few- that’s life!
Yes, I’ll admit it… I’m a perfectionist (At least I try to be). However, mistakes happen and when they occur I freaked out. Until I realized that it makes no sense wasting energy and time on a mistake when I can spend that energy on trying again or another thing.
Mistakes happen for us to learn. Without mistakes, we’d never be able to reach perfection.