I’m a college graduate…barf. It’s a weird feeling standing on the brink of your future, not knowing what’s coming your way. So much is in your control, but at the same time so much isn’t. It’s a little bit exciting mixed with a little bit of anxiety and a dash of curiosity.
I spent countless nights in the library studying for an infinite number of tests. I typed up pages and pages of essays on subjects ranging from fashion history to PR plans to French fictional stories. While I learned a lot- which I better have because college costs a pretty penny- there is so much more to learn than anything academic.
As I reflect on the past four years, I realize all of the valuable lessons I learned outside the classroom that have shaped me more than any class did.
Work experience in your field can be more important than school work
Grades matter, especially if grad school and beyond are in your future. However, they aren’t everything. School isn’t everyone’s strong suit. While it’s essential to have an education (IMO), a letter grade isn’t enough to summarize the type of person you are. I have learned more about the type of career I want and the skills associated with that from my internships than my homework assignments.
Do what scares you
I dreamed of living in Paris ever since I can remember. When I found out I would be living there for four months, I was over-the-moon excited. I couldn’t stop daydreaming about the pain au chocolat, museum exhibits, and Parisian boutiques I would stumble upon in my dream city. But the time came for me to physically board my flight, and I was an anxiety-ridden mess. My heart was beating out of my chest and I couldn’t stop shaking. I was absolutely scared out of my mind. But deep down, my intuition (more on that in a moment) was telling that this would be the best few months of my life. And it was right! I learned so much about myself and what I want out of life from my time there. The experiences in life that scare us are what truly shape us and our lives.
Learn how to listen to your intuition
My sun and moon are in Pisces- I am a very intuitive gal. It’s taken time to learn how to hone into that power. But ever since I did, it’s never steered me wrong. Only you know what’s best for you. It’s easy and helpful to turn to others in times of confusion, but don’t underestimate the power of you. Pay attention to and trust that little gut feeling whenever it’s trying to tell you something- it’s doing so for a reason.
Know when you need a break
Balancing school, work, a social life, and everything else that comes with college can be overwhelming. There are some days I just want to be alone and sleep, or do whatever I want. It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day routines and put the things we really love doing aside. When you feel yourself burning out, take the time to enjoy things you love. It can be reading, baking, knitting- anything that puts you at ease and makes you happy. It will ground you and give you the recharge you need to keep on moving.
Don’t take moments for granted
Four years flew by in the blink of an eye. Instagram and Snapchat make it easier for us to capture and relive our favorite memories. But it can also be easy to get lost behind our screens. Go out as much as your liver will let you, and have as much fun as you can handle! The times where you can get up and do anything you want are fleeting. Don’t take that time for granted; maximize and enjoy every moment for what it is.
College has been a whirlwind, but I’m grateful for the memories I now get to keep forever. Rhode Island will always have a piece of my heart as I start my career in the fashion industry!
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