College in an interesting time in a person’s life. It may be the first time you move away from home, you will be meeting a ton of new people, and you finally get to learn about a chosen subject that you hopefully love.
Everyone grows in different ways and in different stages, but no matter how old you are, college will teach you so many things that go well beyond classroom learning. My first day at Conestoga wasn’t my first time at college, but it was the start of a big change and growth period in my life.
I am now in my 3rd year at Conestoga and only 1 more year away from finishing my degree. As I look back at my time here, I can’t help by notice how my life has changed for the better and some amazing life lessons I have learned here at Conestoga. I thought I would share some of these moments with you today.
Within my first month at Conestoga, I met a few amazing people. Over the last few years, I have grown closer to these people than I have ever imagined. They have my back through thick and thin and I could not imagine a better group of friends. Even over these last few months, I have met quite a few unexpected friends and even though I have only known them a few months I know they have my back.
It is so important to know that it is not the amount of time you know someone that makes them a good friend but rather how they treat you. Trust your gut instinct about people and know who you can really count on when you need them. Some of the most wonderful people come from the most unexpected places.
I know you have probably heard it time and time again but I cannot stress the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. Whether you fly or fall you will know you tried your hardest and that’s what counts.
Being open to new experiences can get you so far and give you some of the most memorable fun experiences and stories of your life. Whether this is joining a club, going on a trip, or going above and beyond on a project. Being open to new experiences and stepping out of your comfort zone will open you up to a world of amazing opportunities.
I used to be, and still partially am, the biggest perfectionist. I know a lot of people struggle with this and it is a hard habit to break but it is so important to realize that not everything can be perfect. I am by no way saying don’t try your hardest, because please do, but it is also so important to know when to let something go.
Between working, school, homework, and trying to have a social life there is a lot to balance and not enough hours in a day. It is important not to put to much pressure on yourself for these things and not to stress about doing everything perfectly because the reality is that we are human, you just can’t, and it is not worth the stress.
Find your priorities and focus on them. Balance in life is hard, and I am still trying to figure it out myself, but it is so important not to beat yourself down over the little things. Just breath and I promise you will be ok.
Life can be hard and intimidating but it is also those challenging experiences that help shape us and help us move forward. College has helped prepare me for so many curveballs over these last few years. I can’t wait to see how much I continue to grow as a person while I finish the last year and a half of my degree!