I have made several mistakes during college, and I wish to make more because those mistakes partly defined who I am today. Here’s a list of things I learned during college.
- Going solo instead of going together
- Not reading enough
- Not having a group of good friends
- Not calling back home enough or too much
- Spending money unwisely
Source: Today’s Obsession
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”– African Proverb. Trust me when I say, this is so far the best realization I have ever had. You can choose to go solo if you want. You can take extra classes, learn extra hours in the library, or excuse yourself to stay at home instead of going out with some friends on a Friday night because you want to read more. However, you will realize one day that the road you are going is a lonely road. There’s nothing wrong if you enjoy doing it. However, whatever you do, always remember that you are living in a society, community or a bigger part of something bigger. Your achievements and your proud moments will mean nothing if there’s nothing around you. Learn to enjoy the moment. Learn to make friends and have fun together. Create study groups to study together or create something bigger.
I have always wished a day has more than 24 hours so I can read more after I found the power of reading books. Ask any successful, witty, clever or crazy idol of yours, they will tell you how much they read. Reading does not only improve your knowledge, but also expand your mind to new horizons and dimensions that your mind will never go back to its old state. Reading will empowers you to do impossible things, learn others’ mistakes, and show you the realities of success in life.
Source: College Magazine
Advice like “be independent” and “being strong” might tempt you into wrong thinking that you have to handle everything on your own. It’s true that you will have to learn to take responsibilities for yourself in most of the things you do. It could be basic life soft skill or reason you may choose to go abroad in the first place. However, a group of good friends will make your college experience more enjoyable and less stress. You can travel together, have dinner together or create some fun gatherings in the weekend. They can help you with some emergency cases like printing last minute or getting sick.
Source: The Kenyon Thrill
Whatever you do or whatever kind of new relationships you are forming in college, always remember family is the most important relationship you will ever have in your entire life. Call back home at least every once a week to ask how your parents are. Trust me, they think about you every day.
In contrast, some call back home too much. When you choose to go abroad, you have to face a reality that you are going to expand your mind and form new relationships. Spending 2 or 3 hours each day calling back home will be a waste of your time that you can spend on doing hundreds of other things like reading a book or going out with some new friends.
Source: Teaching Garden
New travels every weekend or new clothes will tempt you into spending impulsively. Keeping track of your spending is one of the most important skills that you should learn during college. At the same time, it is also the most difficult task that you have to make yourself do every day or every weekend. You will not want to freak out at the end of the month because your bank account is almost up.
Still, do not spend too frugally. There are various activities and stuff that you can spend on as future investments like books or new courses on campus. Spend wisely.
About Danny Ngo
Hey there, I'm Danny, currently studying International Bachelor Communication and Media at Erasmus University. I enjoy doing various activities from reading, traveling, to singing. I have had some backgrounds in preparing to go study abroad to US, Japan, and Europe. I'm going to graduate next year, and my next stop will be the USA.