Starting out freshman year I thought that four years was a long time and that I had everything figured out. Now at the end of my senior year at UConn, I can say that time flew and I learned a lot more “life lessons” that I expected; some of which I would like to pass on to you.
- Live in the moment
College is going to fly by and before you know you will be studying for your last undergraduate exam. Is that exciting? Of course! But it’s all too easy to rush through things to get your to-do list done and survive a semester. Take some time to appreciate where you are and pay a little more attention to what you are doing. Put down the phone and enjoy just hanging out with your friends. Live in the moment and seize the day!
- Caution when taking advice
Some of the best classes I have taken here at UConn were the ones my classmates said “That class is so hard, don’t take it.” Classes go differently for a lot of people and someone’s worst class may be your best class, but you will never know until you try it out. Instead of taking their advice as fact, try it for yourself. And the opposite holds true as well. Trust me, when someone says, “That class is easy,” don’t write it off or you will learn the hard way not to…
- Expect the ups and downs
As much as I hate to admit it, getting your undergraduate degree isn’t the constant party that the movies make it out to be. There will be late night stressful study session combined with multiple exams in a week and sprinkled with lack of sleep. There are hard parts of every semester. That is what makes the weekend with friends, the activities around campus, and the hard earned grades so great! You had to go through the ugly to get to the beautiful. When the going gets tough keep your chin up and know that good things are just around the corner.
The most important thing to remember is that college is a completely different experience for everyone. So don’t sweat the small stuff and learn as you go. Have your own unique adventure and always wear that Husky pride. Remember: Students Today, Huskies Forever.
Update: Liz has been placed in a clinical rotation site at Yale School of Medicine! Congrats Liz!