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Going into it, I assumed I would be able to complete school in the "conventional" four years. I even predicted I may have to stay five, but proved myself wrong.
It feels weird even calling it "school," because the word school seems like something elementary school students say or your mom told you to "get to" when you were being pokey on Monday mornings. For the last three years, I have attended university.
It's been a chance at personal modification- a life changing experience, honestly. As corny as the previous sentence was, my next sentence will be even more of an eye roll, but in all seriousness- I am not the same person I was when I started here in September 2012. I am willing to bet in three years time you won't be either, whether you choose to pursue a higher education or not.
When I first came to the university, I was more naive and inexperienced, not to say I was completely unaware, but you learn a lot at school, there's no denying. When you build on previous experiences, you realize how much you didn't know and how much you've yet to learn.
I'll tell you something now, especially for those of you who are about to graduate high school, that you should get involved with organizations on campus if you decide to attend university. Making connections with your peers is invaluable, both for your personal and professional lives. College won't be a separate life; it will become your life, so to speak- your sole focus.
People struggle to focus on the present. I was told recently we are always thinking about the past, which is strange because previously I had been told we were only thinking about the future. It seems, no matter the outlook, we have problems focusing on "the now," so you can bet I'm going to challenge you to be present in your own life. Don't look too forward, and don't look back. Look at right now.
Different things work for different people. Attending university worked for me. It was something I wanted to do, something I wanted to experience, so I did, but I want you to know there's nothing shameful about not choosing to pursue a higher education. The reality is, it doesn't work for everyone and that's okay. You find yourself.
If you do decide to attend university, I'll tell you that going home to see your parents on the weekend will begin to feel foreign, especially as you progress throughout your education, and if you weren't independent already or even if you were, you will become even more so. The changes you will go through will be exciting, frustrating and interesting. There's no avoiding the decrescendos and crescendos of personal development. They're great. They help you become a better you.
I'm all about growth, in myself, my peers, my work- everything. I think there's always room to improve. There's always room to grow, experience something new, be happier and discover more.
I challenge you this Tuesday to do something that you didn't think you could three years ago. Maybe you're already doing it! Be unconsciously exceptional in your own skin, because you can be- because you are.
Challenge yourself and make sure to always have real conversations about who you are. Accepting yourself honestly will be your greatest reward.
Best wishes getting through the week.
Miss Trend She