My very first COBBlog post was about the Top 5: Hardest Things About College. In this blog, I had a few words of wisdom that I’m still a little proud of:
“I think that’s what college is about. Charging into the unknown and coming out a better person.”
Now, I’m about to leave Concordia for something new, and am once again charging into the unknown. This time however, I have 4 years worth of an amazing liberal arts education under my belt, which I believe makes me much better off. I have been impacted beyond belief by countless faculty and staff, students, and community members, and I’m so incredibly lucky to have been able to call Concordia my home.
1. Experiences > Classes
Going to class is important, don’t get me wrong. It’s important to do the things you’re at college to do, but sometimes, it’s equally as important to skip those things. There are so many things that can’t be learned in the classroom, and looking back on my time at Concordia, I’m really happy about the experiences I chose over class.
2. Try everything once.
I didn’t start living by this mantra until the beginning of my senior year, but I’m so glad I did. This year alone I’ve performed in front of an audience, recorded music for the Concordia CD, been a radio DJ, and sang karaoke. I don’t regret any of these experiences (except maybe the karaoke), and I’m really hoping they’ll continuously remind me to try new things.
3. Network, network, network.
Connecting with people is more important than I realized when I was a freshman. Most of the jobs I’ve ever had I’ve acquired through networking, to be honest. In addition to being really beneficial, connecting with people is really fun. There are so many cool and interesting people out there.
4. Community is important.
Concordia became more than my school during my 4 years here. It really became a family. In Sociology 111, I learned that people who had a better sense of community were involved in more civic engagement, which in turn made the community better. This is perfectly emulated at Concordia. Concordia students are passionate, driven, involved leaders who consistently influence the affairs of this community and others, and I think a lot of that can be attributed to the sense of family that surrounds this campus.
5. It’s okay to change your mind.
No matter where you are in life (still in high school, graduating college, or in a steady career), never forget that it’s okay to change your mind. What’s right for you today may not be right for you tomorrow, so don’t be afraid to change your mind. As humans, we are constantly changing and growing, and it’s so important to give ourselves room to do that.
Thank you to everyone who has impacted me during my years at Concordia. I’m forever grateful, but I’m ready for the next adventure. You’ll be in my heart, Cobbers.
Soli deo Gloria.