It’s been 6 months since I graduated from college. Throughout my college life, I learned that there’s more than acquiring knowledge alone. This is what college has taught me.
I learned how to have a goal and achieve it. My only long-term goal in college is to graduate. But of course, behind that long-term goal are smaller goals. These short-term goals tested my competence to reach the end game. There were times when I don’t find the classes interesting, but I had to take them because it is required. There were also times when I’m so tired of studying, but I have to continue alone because I need to pass the exam. I think those experiences relate so much to what life is after college, and I’m glad that I get to practice self-motivation and independence before entering the real world.
I learned to be curious and research about it. Remember what our high school teachers warned us about? That college professors will not take care of us? Well, I felt that. I noticed that they are similar to managers. They give you the task and train you for a short period of time. Once midterms or finals roll over, you have to teach yourself and complete the task alone. As I continue to study alone, I learned to question every little detail and look for the answers by researching. Honestly, I think college taught me how to study effectively.
I became more confident after college. Not because I got a little diploma, but because I know that I can have a goal and achieve it. I discovered that I am capable of learning and to continue learning. I am confident because even at stressful times, I am still able to motivate myself and to continue the task that I need to accomplish. I learned that it is okay to stop and breathe for a moment because I will still do my best to work on my project either way.
As I venture out of college, I realized that there’s more to learn than math, science, and business. I learned how to have a goal and achieve it, to be curious and research about it, and to gain confidence and stay confident. Throughout my college journey, I discovered that I am capable of learning and to continue learning.
With that, I would like to congratulate the new graduates of 2019. You’ve earned it!
What did you learn during your time in college?