Wow, the past four years have just flown by! I look back at how I felt and who I was when I entered OU, and I feel older, wiser, and calmer. I definitely feel that I have drastically changed over the past four years, but in a way that has made me more like myself. I’ve studied two vastly different fields, and dabbled in many others, and though I’m still just as indecisive as when I first entered, I have a better feeling of what I like and what I’m not interested in. I’ve been a part of a few student groups, a few honor societies, and studied abroad twice. Given these experiences, I’m going to share some of the greatest lessons that I have learned over the past four years.
- Go for it. Whatever it is, just try. Regardless of whatever the circumstances are, if there is a chance, you should take it because life is a lot more flexible than you think. Allowing yourself to have diverse experiences and take risks helps you learn and grow, and though it sounds like a cliche, this has been one of my greatest takeaways from my college experience.
- Personal connections are key. Striking up friendships with people in the class or meeting professors will enrich your learning experience and motivate you to do better! Some of the best classes I’ve taken have gone so well because of the people in the class with me, or because of the respect and admiration I held for the professor.
- Diversity does you good! One of the best choices I made was becoming involved in activities outside of campus. Doing different things brings you into contact with people from all walks of life, and also facilitates greater involvement in the community! It’s nice to do things that remind you of the life that exists outside of academia!
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I’m sure as I go on through life, I’ll realize what a transformative experience this was. What are some lessons you guys have learned?