12 Things I learned In College
It’s pretty late for me to make this post, but I graduated from Fordham a few weeks ago with a degree in Communications and Media Studies and Fashion (currently unemployed so hit me up!) It’s been a crazy four years in which I have learned so much, and I could not have been where I am today without my family and friends.
So, as a note to the achievement, I have decided to write about 12 things I learned in college. I might laugh at myself for writing about this in a year or two, but isn’t it a standard process? Who knows where life will take me…
- Keep Learning. I don’t assume myself to stop acquiring knowledge once I graduate from college. Because the world is revolving and changing everyday, as long as I have a desire to grow in my career, I must learn as I go.
- Put in your hours. I am the kind of person who doesn’t believe in talent, fate, and anything that’s supposed to “pre-determine” your life. I believe in hard work and time – what makes you successful is the time and hours your put in to do the job you are passionate about, as Malcolm Gladwell mentioned in his book Outlier, 10,000 hours are the key to success in any field.
- There are no short cuts. I think one thing I learned from blogging during my time in college is that there are no short cuts. On social media, every follower I earn and every view I gain is purely because of people’s interest in my life. Buying fake followers and likes is only an act of self-convincing to the uninteresting content one posts, and that goes the same for the real world – be true to yourself.
- Go Travel. During college, I have traveled to quite many foreign places for the first time in my life. Cambodia, France, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Switzerland, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Vietnam… not to mention places I have been for the second or third time. However, each time I travel, I discover something new and always tend to reflect on my life. One biggest thing I learn traveling around the world is how much farther I am able to go and how much I can achieve in this world outside comfort zone. In the age of globalization, the world is getting tighter together because of communication, and there is an underlying expectation for each person to have an understanding of the world culture. The second biggest thing I learn is to have a keen sense of curiosity. I never assume about the outside world or believe the world from word of mouth, I travel there and witness it on my own.
- Have hobbies and special interests. My hobbies are photography, content creation, writing, styling, and learning foreign languages. You hobbies can be playing an instrument or making art. These things might not make you money right away, but trust me, they all teach you little things and shape you into who you are today.
- Find value in things you do. Value your job, your society, your family and your friends. Life is short, so you should spend time wisely on those worth your attention. PS: don’t waste your time dating anyone who will not be long term anyway. But keep in mind that everybody has their value and strength in some way, so never underestimate those around you.
- Find your interest and passion. Once you have landed a passion, dream about it, plan for it, and achieve it little by little with the limited resources you have. At some point, you will be amazed by where you have got yourself to.
- Be bold, be daring. As my journalism professor always said: “it’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permissions.” Sometimes, it’s fine to break minor rules. That’s actually how I took my first step in Fashion Week.
- Invest. Invest in classic pieces of cloth that will last a while, in a camera, or in an apartment. Know what you are getting in exchange with your money, whether the product will last, will sell, or will teach you anything that last you a life time. PS: Books worth the most investing in, a few bucks each will change your life perspective.
- Do it now. Whatever you do, whether it’s something small or anything big, start now, plan now, and do it now. Time moves faster as you grow, so don’t waste a second.
- Workout. Try working out everyday or at least four times a week, especially in the morning. When you see your body toning and your efficiency increasing during the day, you feel as if you can conquer anything.
- Change, and change a lot. If you look back to a month ago and are cracking up feeling uncomfortable at what you did, congrats, you are still growing and changing. But that’s a good thing. Appreciate the change and learn from the past.
Love you all!