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• Ramen for a week vs. no new clothes OR a lesson in budgeting properly?
• Passing out after 10 hours of studying OR understanding your body’s limitations?
• Calling and making your own appointments OR being in charge of your own life decisions?
• Passing/failing classes and changing majors OR learning that there are things you can and can’t do?
Granted, not all lessons you learn from college are suitable, or even appropriate, for the real world. Eating three plates of Buffalo wings in a minute is not real world skill, partying hard the night before class won’t translate well at work, and “winky” faces and “LOL” shouldn’t be on a resume. These experiences and many more are just some of the things that won’t work once you graduate (But, I’ll leave it to you to trust your better judgment). This list could go on and on but the point is this: there is no better teacher in life than experience. Granted, while the concept of the “real world” can be frightening, by taking the lessons and skills you’ve gained from the college experience and using them wisely after you graduate, you’ll see how capable you are at taking on the world. When it comes down to it, you know what’s right for you, so choose wisely. Take advantage of the time you have now. Go for things or don’t, but definitely don’t wait around. And, when all is said and done, you’ll realize just how far you’ve come.