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Life Lessons Learned in College

Quality over Quantity

In high school it seems like the more friends you have the better. That’s what makes you popular. You may start out college feeling the same but as time goes on and you near the end of senior year, you will realize just the opposite. It’s not about having a million friends that are really just acquaintances. It’s about having a few really close friends that you can count on. Quality over quantity.

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard work does not go unnoticed. Eventually the lazy ones who skate by will get moved to the back of the line while the early birds get noticed. Always work hard when you are passionate about something because it will get you exactly where you want to go.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Asking for help is always encouraged, but in college you will realize how much you really need to do this. Talking to your professors and other administrators can sometimes be the deciding factor of whether you pass a class or not. Carry this over into the working world and trust me your employers will be glad you asked rather than trying to guess at how to do something.

Your Parents are Awesome

As annoying as they used to seem to you, the older you get the more you realize how great they are. They are always there for you. They have always had your best interests in mind. They put up with all your trouble making over the years, and they still love you unconditionally.

Put Yourself First

If you are always putting other people’s feelings and well-being in front of your own, you will get worn out fast. You have to make sure you are happy before you can worry about anyone else. Unfortunately, people will always disappoint you in one way or another so it is very important to always do what is best for you.

Every Action Has a Reaction

Every decision you make has some sort of consequence whether it is good or bad. As you go through college you start to realize this and you will start to think more before you act impulsively.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

People will be people, and everyone is different. We all think differently, believe in different things, and behave differently. If you get upset with every little thing that everyone does you are looking at a life filled with drama. Live and let live, do you, accept people for who they are, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Your Health is Important

You don’t have to run a marathon or eat like you’re training for one, but you do need to keep yourself healthy. As time goes on it takes longer for your body to bounce back from being sick or injured. Your metabolism is slower. Make sure you exercise a few times a week and try to make some healthy food choices when you can.

Say Yes

The more you say yes the better. Saying “yes” can get you out of your comfort zone, allow you to take chances, you will meet new people and experience new things. All of these things could lead to career opportunities and help you grow as a person.

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Callie Pederson

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Degree in Communication and Creative Writing. Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, blogger.