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When the deadline for your coursework is right around the corner, or you’re stressed out about the sleepless nights you’ve spent studying, the thoughts of abandoning college may eventually start coming to your mind. And successful people like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates — who never graduated — can even pour oil on flames and incite you to radical changes. You find yourself torn between two options, and the one you choose will determine your future.
Today we are going to approach education from a rather philosophical viewpoint which will help you understand the real definition of college and the genuine lessons it can teach you. Don’t miss them and choose wisely.
Critical Thinking - Myth or Reality
Toeing the line of the system or doing what others are telling you is not usually the best option. They say that you have to attend the event you don’t want to, study the subject you find boring and vomit-worthy, dance to someone’s tune while you have a contradicting standpoint — all this is bullshit. You’re the one who crafts your life, and if you’re fond of playing BoVegas free spins or you’re thinking about missing a class because you find it useless, you have a free hand in doing so. College provides you with a chance to think critically and decide what is indeed best for you. However, keep everything within the bounds of reasons, and don’t forget to consult with people you respect.
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it works.” - British-American writer Christopher Hitchens.
Communicate to Get What You Want
In College, your day-to-day life is full of interactions and talks with people of various social classes, including professors, group mates, project supervisors, and even sexual partners. During these talks, you have a chance to learn how to get what you want, even if it happens subconsciously. You discover how to influence people and make them act according to your wishes. All this is a useful training process which guides you to adult life.
“Communication — the human connection — is the key to personal and career success,” the pioneer of the self-improvement industry Paul J Meyer says.
However surprising it may sound, but college life toughens you up. Upcoming tests, disputes with other students, broken heart, and many other things play an essential role in your life and teach you to be resistant to stress factors. Friedrich Nietzsche said: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Where else can you find such a stress-studded place than in college?
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” - American football player Lou Holtz.
Being a lone wolf is okay provided that you’re comfortable with a company of yourself; but in the long run, introverts tend to be less successful than people with the opposite mindset. The point is that you develop connections which will be beneficial in the future. The person you used to crack a beer with or sit at the same desk with may give advice, favor or even recommend you for a job position at some future day. Of course, if you’re a genius, you need none of the above, but otherwise, connections are one of the factors that can make you a career.
“The most important things in life are the connections you make with others.” - American fashion designer, film producer, and screenwriter Tom Ford.
If you think that after college you’ll become an entrepreneur who’ll be in charge of everything and everyone, and others will just obey your instructions, then you’re highly mistaken. In fact, teamwork for businessmen is even more important than for their staff members, as you can’t develop a normal workflow if you don’t know how to properly interact with people in groups.
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — American football player Vince Lombardi.
Every day we make a decision about what to do now and what is better to postpone for some time, and for some reason (presumably called human nature aka laziness), most of us are procrastinators. College routine pushes you out of the comfort zone and forces you to squeeze a lot of things in your daily schedule, which in turn helps you learn how to manage your time. Moreover, college teaches you how to prioritize, especially when you have to deal with multiple projects or assignments.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” English writer William Penn.
When All is Said
Summing up all the mentioned above, college is an institution that paves a way to real life. Along that way, you encounter tons of obstacles and challenges which may at first glance appear to be difficult to overcome. Nevertheless, once you learn how to tackle them, you’ll be surprised how insignificant these problems were. College is a place that influences your personal growth and self-development — keep it in mind when you face difficulties, as they only make you stronger.
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