He Said, She Said
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
College, like life, is far from perfect, but things will be much easier if you roll with the punches and just let it happen, as opposed to trying to have everything exactly as you imagine it. If you ascribe to the adage that “everything happens for a reason,” this is a perfect supplement to that. Some things are meant to be, and some will take more time (think relationships), but eventually, if you’re patient and let it play out, there’s a good chance things will fall into place. It can’t be applied to every situation, but try to when you can. Also, it’s really easy to come to college and just hang out, go to class, party, and repeat. I would urge you though, to find something that you can dedicate some time to—whether it’s community service, a club team, or an organization on campus, look for a little extra fulfillment. It’s not enough to go through your four years and just get a degree—you should come out with experience and knowledge that could never come from a lecture, because if you don’t, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff—in the long run, that 10-point reading quiz really means nothing. Don’t be afraid to just enjoy yourself a little bit, whether that means skipping class one day to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather or going out on a weeknight even if you have class early the next day. Those are the memories that’ll stay with you long after you’ve graduated, and ultimately will make you happier.
When I was at Mary Ann’s on Saturday night, a recent Boston College grad imparted these words of wisdom to my friends and I when he realized we only had a few weeks left of school, “Don’t sleep, go out every chance you get, and make great friends.” After this brief conversation with the grad, it really got me thinking about whether or not I lived my college years to the fullest extent. You are obviously at BC to receive a great education, but at the end of the day it is only school, and your college experience should encompass much more than just academics. A very wise ginger once told me: “You came to Boston College because you have a personality. You are all smart enough to be anything, but college is way more than getting an education.”
Try to embrace all aspects of your college years and everything BC has to offer you. I think the best way to do this is to surround yourself with great people. My biggest accomplishment in college was finding amazing friends and being able to share unforgettable memories with them. Your friends will undoubtedly enhance your four years and be with you through all the ups and downs of college. I was going to give you all a list of things that I thought everyone should do during their time here, but I quickly realized that everyone needs to follow their own path to be happy. College isn’t the end all and be all, but it is a very crucial time of your life. Although I am very sad that my college career is ending, I am content in the fact that the relationships I made will stay with me forever. So I think we should all listen to the BC grad from MA’s—go out, meet great friends, and never sweat the small stuff. Do whatever you want and just have fun doing it!