5 Things University Taught Me

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#tbt to 2012, I was a 14 year old Nigerian girl graduating from high school and confused about what I would be doing with my life. I knew that I had to go to university but I wasn’t sure what I would be studying. I had family and friends helping me work through it all, choosing between law school, sociology, communication arts, or fashion design.

Fastforward to 2017, I am a 19 year old girl that just graduated from University with a BA in Sociology and Communications.

Thinking back to the last 3 and a half years in university I can confidently say that university has helped me discover myself and figure out the things that I love.

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So, here are 5 important things that university has taught me;

1. Free Your Mind:

The only way you can learn is if you strip away all your pride and be willing to learn. We cannot know it all individually, we need to be open to learning from each other.

2. Don’t Stress Too Much:

You don’t need to have all the answers. I can’t count the number of times people have asked me “What are your plans after grad? What’s next?” Don’t be pressured to have all the answers, it’s okay to not know and to take your time figuring it all out.

 

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3. Socialize!

 

Join a club, association, group, anything! Being a part of a group is one of the easiest ways to meet new like-minded people, and it can be scary especially when beginning a new chapter in your life.But we need to learn to put ourselves out there if we want to meet people.

 

4. Don’t Forget To Have Fun:

 

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Getting an education is important, but that’s not all that life is about. Don’t let go of your hobbies or having fun, because those will always serve as an escape for you for when school and life get tough.

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5. Always Trust Your Gut!

While it is important to keep an open mind, at the end of the day, you are the sole person in charge of your life and you need to trust your gut. Others can offer advice and help you steer in the right direction, but in the end, you decide to take that road.

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

-John Dewey

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