got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The First Thing I Learned in College (Liz)

The first thing I learned in College is that knowing exactly where you're going and what you're going to do when you get there is highly overrated.

I walked onto campus fresh out of high school (a year early) knowing exactly what my major was, what classes I needed to take, and what road I needed to take to get where I was going. I didn't take college seriously as an education, an experience, or a way to better myself. It was just an extension of high school. It was what was expected of me, so I was there.

As time passed I realized that I did not, in fact, know everything about everything. I didn't even really know myself. I started paying attention to the college experience - the classes, dorm life, campus activities, and everything I could absorb. Slowly, I learned that ambition isn't everything. Having every detail of the future already planned is no fun, as it allows for no spontanaeity.

College is about the here and now, not just about the end result and the where you are going. So is life. I'm still unsure about what "career path" I want to take. Until I figure it out, I'm going to continue busying myself with absorbing and learning from the right now.


  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    So when did that HIT you? That "Oh, yeah. I'm here for an EDUCATION!! OH!" It hit me in the 2nd semester of my sophomore year, I think. In Public Speaking class! :-D

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger greenemama said…

    yes, i can totally relate to that! i think it hit me sometime during my junior year.

  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger cheezwizlizbiz said…

    Hmmm....I think it was summer school between sophomore and junior years. In Chemistry all day M-F for eight weeks.

  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger Allison said…

    It hit me in the spring of my freshman year when I came *thisclose* to failing French.

    For so many reasons (though maybe not really that one), I realize now I should've learned Spanish instead.


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