I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to continue my education at a university. I learned so much not just in the classroom but outside of it too!
College is where I learned how to becoming organized. I learned how to work hard and not rely on just “natural talent”. I learned the importance of studying, asking questions and looking things up for yourself but more importantly I learned about myself.
I learned how to love myself; my natural hair, my natural beauty, my body, my smile, my forehead, my personality… I learned to stop being afraid of what people might think about me or my opinions. I learned how to fight for what I want and what is right when I know it’s the right thing to do. I learned how to advocate for others and for myself. I Learned that I deserve to be valued, treated with respect and love and that I shouldn’t settle for anything less than what a Queen (like my self) deserves. I also learned to encourage other Queens/Princesses and Kings/Princes to do the same.
I also learned about the people I want in my life. I learned that friends are suppose to be there for you, support you, want to see you win, encourage you, listen to you, give advice, sit with you in times of sadness, happiness, etc. I too learned how to be a better friend! I learned how to look at people and situations from different perspectives. I learn to be more open, welcoming, friendly to people who don’t look like me or share the same story as me… I also learned how to be more observant and a little more cautious when it comes to letting certain people in. I learned that not everyone is for you… And not everyone is against you. People do want to see you succeed and there are some that don’t.
I learned that some people are only in your life for a season and they can’t go where you’re going and that’s ok. I learned how to forgive those who have hurt me. I learned how to let go and move on. I learned how to express how I feel to others instead of just holding it all in.
I learned that there are people who truly love me for me and care about me (other than my family) and I’m thankful for them all.
I learned a lot about free will and that I went through A LOT things that I didn’t have to go through. But I’m glad that I did because I learned from my mistakes and I’m extremely grateful that God kept me safe during those countless mistakes. I learned that I am not perfect and that I shouldn’t put pressure on myself to be. I learned not to judge others for their mistakes because I can’t point out the splinter in there eye when there is a plank in mine.
I learned the value of relationship; with people but more importantly with God. I learned that I am nothing without Him and I could not have accomplished all that I have if it wasn’t for Him.
And most importantly I learned that I am still learning and will always be learning!
The things I’ve listed are just a fraction of what I’ve learned during the 4 short years I was out of my safety bubble of being home. Every time I think about who I was before going away to college and compare it to who I am today, I am truly amazed and in awe of myself. I can honestly say that I love who I’ve become and I’m excited to continue to grow and learn in this next chapter of my life! The woman I am today is becoming a better woman each and every day becuase I choose to continue to learn.
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.