Learning Outside the Classroom

Some may say that college is all about the academics and in-the-classroom learning and I agree – to some extent.

College is absolutely about  expanding your knowledge – but it doesn’t always have to be in the classroom where you learn and grow.

In college you experience something amazing. The first time on your own, setting your own rules, and all the while, preparing yourself for a bright future. You experience your first sense of freedom.

College is exhilarating. Yet college and that new found freedom can be scary.

Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned – you hit a snag or a bump in the road – but life around you continues on without stopping for you. In that moment, those moments where you stop and life continues is where you learn the most – about yourself, your potential, your support system

The best part about college for me was learning who I was and where my talents soared. I found a support network of friends and mentors who challenged me and supported me every step of the way.

What I would challenge any student to do – first-year, second-year, traditional, non-traditional – is to get involved and find your support network. Find those people who will support you in the tough times but yet also challenge you to become a better person. That support network will make your college experience.

Find what you love to do – through student organizations, classes, off-campus activities – and put your heart and soul into it. Those experiences will build you into the person you always hoped you could be.

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One Response

  1. I agree there needs to be more focus on experience and less on academics. Students need to be prepared for the real world.

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