May 11, 2014 Leave a comment
I finished my last undergraduate final at approximately 1 pm on Wednesday. We live life in short increments awaiting the next checkpoint of progress because of our temporal view of time. How sweet college has been. In this post, I will discuss four critical principles I’ve learned in college.
1. Interpersonal development
College has been a time for experiencing enormous interpersonal growth. As an introvert, I have been challenged to step out of my comfort zone and embrace more public speaking opportunities. Public speaking is scary enough but especially as an introvert. It has been amazing witnessing such a change from horror to eagerness in embracing public speaking. In addition, I have simply become more attentive and active in capitalizing on opportunities to strengthen my communication with others. I have been able to deepen my sense of personal identity as a regenerated man of God, student, friend, man, son, and brother. I still have my introvert tendencies, to be sure. However, I’m not as adverse nor anxious about engaging in social gatherings and meeting new people. In fact, now I avidly desire more social interaction.
2. Your education matters
Studying didn’t become rewarding nor enjoyable till I discovered what I was really interested in learning. There are two levels to this interest: interest that transcends the learning done in the classroom and learning that has a direct, observable influence in how you live. For me, those interests were political science and philosophy. Both of these subjects have far-reaching implications in how we live. It’s ok to play video-games, listen to music, watch tv, and to do a million other things besides study. But, don’t let this happen at the expense of your education.
3. Invest in relationships
Develop relationships with your peers and faculty. College would not be at all the same without the many people I’ve befriended. All of the people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, the advice I’ve been given, the tears and laughs I’ve shared; I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends who have brought me so much joy, wisdom, encouragement, and gratitude. College is such an incredible experience for all of the diversity that you find. I’ve also observed that I’ve had to come to terms with some of my prejudices and biases in college. Forming long lasting relationships with faculty should be pursued because they are awesome and they want to be in your life beyond college! Also, they can have potential connections for your future endeavors.
4. Be involved
My sense of community didn’t really take shape till I became involved. Being involved is good for many reasons. As an active member on campus, I became more acutely aware of the issues, events, and the many contributions being made by students and faculty. Involvement enriches your own experience and gives it more substance. I definitely feel like I’ve had an impact and an important role in influencing the lives of others. But, my own life has benefited from the work and example of others also. This has included working on issues that affect students such as tuition, interest rates on student loans, spiritual matters, getting students politically involved…etc…all