As I begin my last semester of college, I can't help but notice how much I've grown. I don't want to say that I've changed, necessarily, but rather I've become a better version of myself. I'm by no means perfect, but I've learned so many lessons (mostly through mistakes I've made) and I can't help but thank God for maturing me in the way he has. Here are 5 things I've learned in college.
- Wait for the man who treats you with dignity, respect and unconditional love. This one is huge. Settling for a guy who doesn't respect your time, values or passions is simply not worth your time. Nobody is perfect, but there is a guy out there who can totally change your life for the better and fulfill your needs. A real man defends your honor and protects you from harm, both physically and emotionally. He is worth the wait.
- It's OK to stand up for yourself. I've always been a people-pleaser. Some have even called me a door mat. It comes from a good place, really. I care about people and would often rather see others happy than look after my own needs. But there is no reason I need to neglect myself in the process of trying to better others' lives. God never said 'Love your neighbor so much that you abuse yourself in the process.' He said 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
- Travel every chance you get. I've been fortunate to be able to do a lot of traveling these past few years and I can honestly say that I've learned more through travel than in any class I've taken. The world is a beautiful place. The lessons you learn and the people you meet through world travel are worth the money.
- Never let fear hold you back. Easier said than done, right? Regardless, fear can oftentimes be the one thing stopping you from a great opportunity. Always listen to your gut and obviously don't do anything that feels life threatening or dangerous. However, I've adopted the mindset that if I'm fearful and doubting myself when heading into a new situation, than I'm probably headed in the right direction.
- It's OK if you don't have your entire life figured out. There is so much pressure put on college students to be able to have their entire life mapped out. I mean, am I the only one who finds it a little bogus that I was supposed to know what career I wanted at age 18? I once heard that your 20's should be an age of exploration, and I couldn't agree more. It's OK if you don't know who you'll be in 10 years...you're not supposed to. Eventually your passions will become more clear. In the mean time, learn all you can and look to God for guidance. It'll all work out. Really.