Make the most of your college experience, step out of your comfort zone

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April 25, 2017

Halle Thornton

htornto@uccs.edu

     “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

     If you’ve seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” you know this line well. But you probably won’t realize how much the sentiment rings true once you reach your senior year of college.

     College was the place where I found my passion, and it also opened my eyes to ideas that I never thought I would consider.

     I would not change anything about my college career. For any student, it is important to embrace the ups, the downs and the lessons you learn both in and out of the classroom.

     I loved, I lost and I spent countless nights trying to finish homework and papers.

     But it is the experience that I gained outside of my lectures that I found most valuable.

     My advice to anyone who still has at least a year left of college: don’t be afraid.

     Join a club you know nothing about, change your major or try writing for a newspaper and see what happens, it certainly changed my life and my career path.

     According to the 2014 Pew Research Center, the number one regret in college was not gaining more work experience.

     Getting involved with activities on campus was the best decision I could have made. I found my passion, and I met some of the greatest people in the organization I joined. I owe that to UCCS.

     Unlike a lot of college students, I can say that I don’t regret the experience I gained.

     College is about learning what you want to do with the rest of your life. It shouldn’t be about working your fingers to the bone in a job that you could care less about.

     Next on the list of college regrets from the Pew Research Center was studying harder.

     Sure, sometimes students should be studying and not binge-watching their new favorite Netflix series.

     But, you live and you learn, and there is something valuable to be said about taking risks.

     If everyone went into college knowing exactly what they wanted to do with their lives, their experience would be boring and uneventful.

     Stressing out about what I am doing after college hasn’t done anything for me except maybe given me a stomach ulcer.

     I have learned to seize every opportunity given to me and hope for the best.

     College teaches you the most important lesson: life is hard, but it isn’t so hard that you can’t get through it.

     Everyone has bad days; it’s the way you choose to handle the situation that defines who you are as a person.

     You have the rest of your life to worry, but college isn’t about that. It’s about having fun, finding yourself and taking every opportunity handed to you. It won’t be that easy for long.

     Enjoy college while you still can, because it will be over in a blink of an eye.

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