I promise the number of graduation posts are coming to an end! After this little one I still have to show you what I wore. In the meantime, I'm coming at ya with the top 5 things I learned in college. It's nothing too serious and nothing too hilarious, but it's just a few things I took away from my experience.
1. Enjoy the Little Things - At Mizzou, we have 7 traditions to do before you graduate. I only was able to do 5/7 (which is still pretty good!), but it was doing those little things that were some of my greatest memories. When the weather was nice, I would head to the pool and just enjoy the simple pleasure of our recreation center and realize how lucky I was to have a beautiful space to relax in.. on campus! However, it's not always a pleasure the day after when you forget your sunscreen! So remember to look around once in a while, explore your campus, and enjoy those nights off when you can have a movie night with the girls. It's those little things that make a big impact.
2. Get Involved - As soon as I started college, I joined a sorority. I loved it and am so grateful for the wonderful friends I met and the amazing opportunities it presented me with. However, I get that it isn't for everyone. The good thing about college is there are SO many other ways to get involved. You can join a rec sports team, organizations/clubs, find a job, or volunteer around campus. One of my proudest accomplishments at Mizzou was starting Mizzou Against Melanoma, an organization dedicated to educate, advocate, and raise awareness on the dangers of skin cancer among the student body. It took a lot of work to be established as an organization, but the amount of feedback was awesome. It really proved the need for this type of org on campus. If starting an organization sounds up your alley, then give it a try! You never know what it can lead to. If anything, it showed me how to stay organized, keep up with deadlines, and how to interact with other orgs on campus.
3. Put Down Your Phone and Chat - One of my biggest pet peeves is being out with a group of friends and everyone is on their phone. Why did we all decide to hang out.. so I can watch everyone on their phones? Enjoy the company of your friends because before you know it, you will all be headed separate ways and might only get to see each other every so often. You'll really learn who your true friends are during the last year of college. I felt this way in that I could see who was putting in an effort to spend time together before we ended up in four different states. It made me realize those were the friends I would have around for a lifetime.
4. Take Time Off - I know it seems like you don't have time for anything (especially your final years) and not even an open weekend to take a mini road trip, but you do. One thing I wish I did more was take time off and hit the road with the gal pals. We always talked about going on a Nashville trip or somewhere near, but it never worked out. It might feel like you have a lot of work to do, as I'm sure you do, but if you plan ahead and pick a weekend that works for everyone, you'll find you adjust your work load as your mini vacation approaches. If you can't take a weekend to head out of town, try and go out the nights you are free - I'm not saying every night, but when you're feeling it! I'm mean, when else are you going to be able to enjoy those super affordable bar specials?!
5. Network (when applicable) - The thing about networking is you probably do it and you're not even aware. I began to use my networks when I was in a sorority. My advisors and peers were awesome at getting me in touch with people when I was looking for an internship or even when I was starting my own organization. And if you aren't in a sorority, try your classmates, teachers, friends, and coworkers - but I warn you to do it genuinely. Don't just assume since someone is in your class and you've never talked that they are going to help you because 9/10 times they won't- This goes for contacting your friends sisters friend, too. Networking is about using the valuable relationships you already have. A really great tip I learned from Go Blog Social is to ask how you can help them first and they will be more inclined to help you in the future. Just some food for thought!
I hope you were able to take away something from what I learned in college. If you are ever looking for college or general advice, feel free to reach out as I am just an email away!
Make sure to check out fellow Mizzou blogger, Jas from Thee Fashion Stories, post about what she learned her Junior year of college!