S a t u r d a y , M a y 6 t h , 2 0 1 7
1) Empathy is a vital. College is an atmosphere where you meet SO many new types of people with so many backgrounds. Being from a large suburban town, I had met tons of different people with a variety of personalities, however UConn dwarfed my high school with over 30,000 students. You will not want to be friends with everyone. You will meet people with different opinions than your own. However understanding those around you is crucial to growing while in college. If your opinions differ from those around you, take it as a learning experience! You don’t have to agree with the thoughts or actions of those around you, but you can take it as an opportunity to learn and become empathetic.
2) It’s normal to question yourself. Hey guess what?! EVERYONE hits a point in college where they want to drop out! I know it may feel like a college degree is the new high school diploma, but just because everyone has one doesn’t mean it’s easy! It’s normal to question your path, your choices, and your sanity. Hang in there though because it’ll be worth it in the end!
3) You will be put where you need to be. Those who know me well know that I say this ALL the time. It’s true though – whether it be a different major, an internship opportunity, grad school, or a job post grad, I truly believe that there is a greater plan and that things will always work out for the best.
4) Failing isn’t the end of the world. If you had told me this in high school I would have keeled over and had an aneurism. But having failed a class and plenty of exams, I have learned that it’s not at all a reflection of who you are! I worked by a** off for Organic Chemistry, failed every exam, and scraped by with a D-. I’m not going to lie, it made me feel like sh*t and plenty of tears were shed. I do think that I grew so much from experiencing this though, and look – I am still graduating! All you can do is your absolute best.
5) You will meet your tribe. I have SO much love for my UConn crew. From the faculty and staff in the Animal Science Department, to my ANSC fam, to those I knew in high school but am now SO much closer to because of college – I love you all and am tearing up writing this. Those who I’ve met during my time at UConn have truly shaped me, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without y’all!
6) A support system is key. College makes you realize who your cheerleaders are. Not only was my “tribe” key to graduation, but I wouldn’t have gotten through it without my boyfriend, brother, parents, and family. I have the greatest support system I could ever hope for, and I would not be graduating today without you all! From Viktor bringing me late night lattes, to my momma pushing me to keep it up when I was in tears (can you tell chem classes made me cry a lot? running theme here) to my dad doing little things like wiping my car off in the morning to ensure I got to class on time, having an amazing group of people around you is vital!
7. It’s okay to not have it figured out. I am walking today, and do not have a set job lined up post-grad. I had wanted to be a vet since I could speak, and completely changed my mind sophomore year. Again, if you had told me I would not be going to vet school ten years ago I would have been so confused. I do have an amazing opportunity lined up that may just lead to an employment, but whatever happens happens! As I said prior, I know I will be put where I need to be.
Who else is graduating this year?! I’d love to hear the most vital things that you learned in college, so leave me some comments! Again, thank you to my friends, parents, grandparents, family, and boyfriend, I would not be walking today without you guys and love you all so so much! Congrats to my fellow graduates, we did it!
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