Friday, 19 January 2018

3 Things University Has Taught Me So Far

Beret: Etsy | Skirt: Unknown | Shoes: Sonia Rykiel

It just hit me in like a sack of potatoes; I'm halfway through my bachelors degree. I find this to be bittersweet. I'm stoked that I get to move on with my life, but I'm kinda bummed that life as a student is nearing its end. As one would expect I've not only gained academic knowledge, but I've also grown tremendously as a person and learned a few things about life along the way.

The first thing I learned at university is that adulting f*cking SUCKS, but there's no way around it when you are a student at a university. You need to make a conscious effort to grow up. You are responsible for managing your own time and getting things done before your deadline. You need to eat, sleep and shower without anyone reminding you to do so. You have fewer friends than you had in high school and you don't necessarily get to see them every day. As all your friends are now adults too, they are busy with their own lives.

Speaking of which, what also came to my knowledge, during the past couple of semesters, is that you really have to make an effort to get to know people and to make new friends as an adult. It doesn't matter who you were in high school, at university you get a clean slate. People are there because they want to get an education, not because they want a new group of friends. However, if you really want to make friends, it's not impossible. You just need to find your tribe.

The most valuable lesson I've learned at university so far was during class. Last semester, I attended a course about women and diversity in the US and my professor said something in class that I think I'll always remember. She said, "Your perspective is always interesting to write about." Mad props to her for being the coolest scholar I've ever had. Her classes were so empowering and she would always encourage her students to stay woke. I know that I'll always keep those words in mind. Everyone should have the right to express themselves through writing or any other art form. Our individual perspectives are unique to our personas and is worthy of being expressed.

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