A couple of months ago I graduated from University and I wanted to share with you a little bit about my experience.
As I sit down to write this post, and as I reflect on the academic knowledge I gained. I cannot help but think about the important life lessons I learnt during those years.
Whether you are a student, a graduate or if you are thinking about applying to uni. I’m certain this post will not only help you with school, it will also help you achieve whatever goal you set for yourself in life.
So here they are…
Life Lessons I Learnt From University
1. You don’t need a degree to succeed
You must be thinking “WTF Ailyn! You got your degree to only tell us we don’t even need one? Ugh?”
At a young age, I was told that the only path to success was by getting a prestigious university degree.
You see, I come from a family of academics and I felt the pressure to keep up with the Joneses. However, school is not for everyone and the first life lesson I learnt was that you can definitely succeed without a degree.
Of course, I’m only talking about careers where formal education is not a must. Careers where entrepreneurial skills and hard work can help you build sustainable success without relying on a degree to get it.
There are multiple examples where many amazing companies were created by university drop outs or entrepreneurs that did not go to uni at all.
So don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot be. A degree is a great achievement, but you don’t need one to build an amazing life.
2. Learning is a blessing and a privilege
By now you are probably asking, Ailyn if you don’t need a degree then why did you get one?
Well, I also believe that being able to receive a proper education is a privilege and being able to learn is a blessing.
I see people, especially women in third world countries who don’t have access to education at all.
They have a hunger for knowledge but they lack resources to get it. I feel extremely grateful for being able to access a book, a library and even a professor.
Knowledge is power and education creates opportunities. Learning is the most amazing habit you can cultivate to do great things in your life and the life of others.
And as much as you can succeed without a degree, it’s a personal choice and there is more value to education than just the title you receive once you finish.
3. Initials results don’t always predict your future performance
When I first started my course, my grades were not high and I struggled with the language.
I was disappointed with myself and I felt frustrated because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. However, I am thankful that it wasn’t easy and I had to work hard to get better.
This life lesson taught me that even if you suck at the beginning, you are not gonna suck forever.
You just have to work hard, be consistent and believe in progress. I always say to myself “it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done” and in time my work will get better and I will get better.Even if you suck at the beginning, you are not gonna suck forever Click To Tweet
4. You can do much more than you think
It is easy to underestimate our potential and doubt what we can accomplish.
Remember Henry Ford when he said, “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”
5. Other lessons…
+ Developing my skills gave me more confidence and direction
+ Studying and working at the same time helped me become more disciplined
+ I learnt to be more resilient
+ Studying helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses and it gave me great insight about myself and what I could do
Advice for new uni students
Enjoy your time, be open and don’t take yourself too seriously.
This is just a chapter in your life. Do your best and don’t get discouraged if you struggle, we all do.
To help you study smarter and get great results Read my post about study tips.
What life lessons have you learnt? I would love to know! Please comment below.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and find it useful 🙂