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What I’ve Learned in 4 Years of College

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By: Carly Harris, Director of Business Affairs 

To all the seniors in college out there: Congratulations everyone! In just a few short weeks, we will be entering “the real world,” and moving on to new and exciting adventures.

To everyone else: The Class of 2016 has gone through four years of lectures, group projects, clubs, and internships. We’ve worked our behinds off to get where we are, and have learned a lot along the way. Here are just some of the lessons that I have learned.

  1. Nothing is going to be handed to you.
  2. Work hard at everything so when opportunities present themselves, you’re ready.
  3. Respect is earned, not expected.
  4. Calendars and schedules are extremely helpful.
  5. Internships are hard to come by, so apply to everything possible.
  6. But remember, it only takes one “yes.”
  7. Group projects are tough, but they are what you make of them. Make them as rewarding as possible. It’s so much easier to be really invested and care about something than to just go through the motions.
  8. You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.
  9. If you are having “the worst day ever,” just remember it’s over once you go to sleep.
  10. Don’t burn your bridges. The people you meet are going to help you later in life.
  11. You make every choice for a reason. Sometimes they are extremely difficult to make, you might start questioning yourself afterwards. Down the road, you will come to a moment where you can pinpoint the exact choices that lead you up to that moment in time, and you will be extremely thankful of the choices that you have made.
  12. In the words of Ellen DeGeneres, “Be kind to one another.” Don’t be rude to people. Being nice takes much less effort. It’s as simple as that.

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