Sure, you’ll learn about ancient history, brilliant philosophers, the basics of biology and a whole lot more in college, but some of the most important lessons you learn won’t come from a textbook. College has lessons to offer that are much more long-lasting and central to success in the working world, even if students may not realize they’re learning them at all. Here are some of the most important lessons you’ll learn in college that you can bring with you for the rest of your life.
How to network. In college, you’ll have access to a unique situation where you can meet and mingle with not only your peers but with experts in your field (your professors) and get a chance to meet with alumni. Savvy college students will take advantage of this opportunity and meet people who can help them find work or get ahead in future educational endeavors.
What qualities make you unique. College offers a chance to see what you’re really made of and what makes you stand out from other students. You may discover you’re especially good at something or have a gift you weren’t aware you even had.
How to work with others. You’re unlikely to get through college without having to do some group work, whether you’re unraveling the mysteries of an archaeological site or trying to figure out the proper way to do a chemistry experiment. Additionally, you’re going to be working with students from all over the nation and possibly the world, so you’ll have to learn to get along with and cooperate with those who may be pretty different from yourself, and that’s a skill you can take with you into any career path.
What you’re truly passionate about. You may go into college sure that you want to pursue a career in business. Yet a few semesters later you find yourself captivated by the wonders of the animal kingdom and can’t imagine doing anything other than working with animals. It might sound strange, but it happens pretty often. College will give you a chance to really pinpoint what you love and what you’re really passionate about doing with your life.
Your weaknesses. While you’ll get a chance to learn about your strengths in college, you’ll also get to see what your weaknesses are as well. Whether you’re a chronic procrastinator or have trouble taking direction from others, you’ll learn where you have to watch yourself and where you can improve.
College is a great place to learn more about who you truly are and what you want out of life while also picking up some skills that can help you get it. While you might be focused on getting through your reading assignments and writing papers, don’t forget to appreciate the larger lessons you’ll learn in college as well.