I read a blog post about the college years and pretty much disagreed with all of it. I tend to think of college as a place that causes you to be exposed to many subjects, sometimes one I didn’t really want to take but found myself enjoying instead. Or taking a class I didn’t have much interest in. It also helped to know I could focus under pressure, that I was somewhat lazy with work that didn’t interest me, and that I understood better what types of people made good friends (personality matches). This also included dating and partying. I dated only a few people and while I did party a bit here and there, it generally wasn’t my scene. I learned that I prefer to hang out with friends, food, and games.
I think the best part of graduation was knowing that I was finished with school. But not with learning. Although many people think the best years are a person’s college years, I think the best years come after. It takes a little while to get there - college doesn’t necessarily prepare you for the business world (at least not on the route I took) and I was a bit of an idealist (which I still am). But those school days really helped to affirm that I am who I am and that was an invaluable experience for me.
I will save my rant about what I think of the educational system and how I actually think it’s pretty broken - for another time. :)
Here’s to always learning and stepping out of those well-defined comfort zones.