Why college is the best time to experiment

26 Jul

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College can be a fantastic opportunity.  I wish that everyone realized this.  For this post, I’m primarily talking to people who don’t have to worry about paying their tuition (either their parents are paying for it, or they have scholarships).  On the other hand, if you are paying for your own school, I give you nothing but mad respect.

Anyways, if you do happen to fall into the first category, I do hope you are taking advantage of this incredible situation.  You’re living for free.  You have very few obligations outside of school work.  School work doesn’t take up all of your time (if it does, I’m sorry to hear that, but you must be killing yourself).  You don’t have to deal with maintaining a home, working a full-time job, being responsible for other human beings, etc… Basically, it’s great.

There will never be a time quite like this for the rest of your life.  If you don’t take advantage of this precious, FREE time, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say you’re losing out on a huge opportunity.  You’ve got nothing to lose, you’re in safe ground.  If you go out and try 100 new things, and fail at every single one of them, so what?  You’re still in school, living your life, getting a great education.  No harm done.

Therefore, I challenge all of you to do something with this time.  Try to become a master juggler, learn to speak a Khoisan language, start a business selling hand-sewed mittens, or write a novel about an insect on an epic adventure.  Just do something, anything!  This is your chance to learn about who you are as a person, what you enjoy, and form new friendships with interesting people.

I’m not interested in your excuses, and frankly no one will feel sorry for you when you look back on your years in university, wishing you tried new things.  So if you haven’t done this so far, now’s your chance, you still have a lot of time left.  And if you’ve already been doing this, great!  In fact, we’d love to hear about it.

So next time you’re at school and you’ve got some free time, think twice before you jump on Hulu and watch a few episodes of your favorite show, think twice before you study 10 hours when you only needed to study 4, think twice before… it’s too late.

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