Don’t Flunk Life

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I saw this image awhile back and I 100% agreed with it. I will be the first to admit that my grades are not always tip top and yes I have struggled with some classes. I will also admit that I don’t study nearly enough and I try to spend as little time in the library as possible. But in all honesty, I wouldn’t change the way I went about my college career.

When I’m not at school I’m usually at the farm or going home to see family or at a cow event. And this is all perfectly fine with me! When I look back on my college experience I am pretty confident that I will look back and remember all the opportunities outside of the classroom I took, all the friends and fun memories I made and maybe some of the professors who I could relate too. I am also pretty positive that I won’t remember the grade I got in Chemistry my freshman year (in fact I can’t even remember that now). So when I hear people grumbling about getting a B in class I have to chuckle. Unless you’re trying to be a vet, doctor or lawyer I really don’t think that B is going to make or break you. You are getting a degree from one of the best universities in the nation (if you’re a Badger!) and if you’re lucky will graduate with a job!

So with that being said here is a bit of senioritis advice that I truly think will help make your college career a great one!

1) Internships! Get as many as possible with any industry and company, the more diverse the better! This is the perfect time to see what you like and don’t like, where you want to work and where you don’t. In my case, if you can work behind a desk all day or if you can’t…in case you were wondering, I can’t…shocking development! Experience is going to shine through your resume a lot more than a silly number that shows you showed up to class (you probably did a lot more than that but you get the picture).

2) Activities! And I mean like school ones, not the drinking ones, although those aren’t always bad either. Get involved in student organizations, find a community you fit into, make friends! I feel like I sound like my mom, but all is true. Find somewhere that feels like “home”. It will make your college career go by with a lot less anxiety and a lot more fun.

3) School Work! Why in the hell am I saying this after I said I didn’t? Well I am definitely not a role model in the student department but I do see the value in spending some time getting your work done and studying for exams because trust me, failing an exam is not fun.

4) Adventure! Don’t be afraid to try something new. Go on a trip, meet new people and do something that actually scares you! I know, very cliche but honestly it’s where the best memories are made! This is the age and the time to travel, miss some classes, so something without planning and do things that you won’t tell your parents.

5) Be Positive! Probably the biggest thing I’ve learned throughout my college career is to brush off what people say. You can be friends with someone for years and suddenly things just don’t seem the same, people change and sometimes that change includes you and sometimes it doesn’t. You change as well and if people are meant to be in your life they will stay and make an effort to do so and if not you will tell by their absence. Keep positive people around you, no one like a negative Nancy, and surround yourself with people who lift you up.

6) Finally…Party! Go out and have a few, blow off some steam. Sometimes it’s more necessary to go and drink a bottle of wine than to study for your quiz in the morning. Taking an exam hungover is sometimes inevitable. But really, did you expect me not to recommend this??

So in conclusion, enjoy your college career, do what makes you happy and be with people who make you a better person. If something or someone doesn’t do this, get rid of it!

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