The Darling Nomadess: College Life: Lessons Learned

Monday, May 12, 2014

College Life: Lessons Learned






On Saturday, I graduated from Ashland University. I'm completely excited and overwhelmed by what the next chapter will hold. I know I should say something on this blog to wrap up my collegiate career but I'm not sure what the words are to wrap up the past four years I have just experienced.

I've been thinking about doing a cliche "insert-some-number-here Things I Learned in College" type post. I feel that the things that I've learned are kind of common sense but the experiences I've had with each have really allowed the lessons to sink in. While I learned a lot of important information and not so important information (I'm talking to you, Intro to Astronomy and Human Antiquity!), the two biggest lessons I've learned, were not learned in a classroom.

Lesson #1: People have different priorities. 

This one is obvious but through experience has definitely sunk in. Everyone is created differently and has their own unique set of values, standards, and priorities. While one thing may be important to me, it might not hold the same resonance with someone else. I especially learned this through being a member and holding executive leadership positions in my sorority. For example, I may take 24 credit hours in one semester but I still manage to complete over 50 hours of community service because service to others is chief among my greatest priorities. I may not have achieved a 4.0 GPA, but that doesn't mean I don't value knowledge. On the other hand, there may be a girl who takes 15 credit hours but prioritizes getting a 4.0 over completing service hours. Just because she heavily prioritizes her GPA, doesn't mean that she doesn't value community service. This was a big one for me as it leads me to lesson #2...

Lesson #2: How to motivate others. 

Learning to motivate those who may have different priorities to complete one goal is difficult. I learned this during my time as VP of Member Recruitment for my sorority. With over 90 women in the sorority, many of whom may not completely understand or care for recruitment outside of simply receiving new sisters, it is a difficult position in motivating others. With the assistance of the recruitment department, I learned to motivate other sisters to care for the small details in conversation and presentation while also keeping a high morale within the chapter, even though these women may have other priorities such as homework, other student organizations, etc.

In high school, I wasn't heavily involved in a lot of student organizations. In college, I was heavily involved in a wide variety of student organizations. The biggest takeaway of college was how to be a leader. Leadership isn't necessarily the highest position or the loudest voice, rather it is those relationships we form with others.

With Love,
Ashliegh

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10 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!!!! You're right, everyone has different priorities. You have done amazing in college and I truly can't wait to see where you go next. Love you!

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  2. First off congrats! You are totally right on people having different priorities and trying to motivate people. It can be difficult to pick someone who doesn't want to be picked up.

    Kate
    Kate Elizabeth

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  3. It's not always easy to stick out the 4 year long haul degree .. Congratulations for your persistence .. it'll definitely pay off.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  4. Congrats on graduating! And honestly that picture of you and your boyfriend behind your cap is adorable! Your first lesson is very true and something that I've been realizing this past school year as well.

    I'm excited to see where you head next in your journey!

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  5. Congratulations on your graduation!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Congrats on graduating!! Your cap looks so adorable :)

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  7. I love this!! I am learning similar lessons in college, but thank you for putting these into words--it's made me realize more things about the campus life! Congrats on graduation!

    xo, gina

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  8. I was the exact same way... sort of involved in high school but not really, but super duper involved in college. I loved growing as a leader though and I truly think those experiences have helped shape me into the person I am today and are skills I will use throughout the rest of my life. Can't wait to see where life takes you! You'll do big things :)

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  9. I love this! Thank for the great advice, it's very hard to put yourself in other people's shoes especially when you care so strongly about something and they seem less interested. I need to try and realize others have different priorities.

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