It happens to almost every college student. You spend your collegiate days counting down to graduation. The day finally arrives and you begin to transition towards your professional career. If you are fortunate (as I am) there are many aspects of your new life that are rewarding. But from time to time you find yourself saying “I wish I was still in college. I don’t want to adult. Do I have to adult??!”
School is something that we are compelled to do from kindergarten through high school. Many students feel that their college education is something that they are required to do as well. College is not a barrier but rather it is an opportunity. Just ask someone that immigrated to the United States or the parent of a first-generation college student.
“YOLO” has become the motto to justify various risque behaviors in our college years. OK, I’m not completely innocent either. What our college students must realize is that these years are an opportunity to devote themselves exclusively to their own future. It’s ok to be a little selfish! You will have professional and family responsibilities in a few short years. So take advantage of these opportunities while you have them. It is not all sunshine and roses. You will have your share of Ramen for dinner and sleep deprived nights. And you will miss it when you are older.
Recently, I posed the question on Facebook, “What would you do differently?” Responses were varied and insightful. Many articulated the importance of exploring secondary interests. Some stressed the need to have a “plan B” while others encouraged students to follow their own path regardless of popular opinion or current trends. One individual would have implemented better time management skills while another regrets skipping classes that she paid for. Conducting, secondary instruments, guitar, aural skills, slow practice, and study abroad were all topics of interest.
Personally, I would have devoted more time to secondary interests, even if it took me longer to graduate. As I grow older I find myself very interested into the business, marketing, and management side of the arts. Another year to practice couldn’t have hurt while giving me the chance to “stop and smell the roses” on occasion. I was always focused on the end goal and I could have enjoyed the journey a bit more. Regardless, it was a great time of personal growth and I owe so much to my mentors, family, and friends for everything I gained in those formative years.
Thank you to everyone who participated! Please respond below if you wish to add to the discussion. Happy #TubaTuesday!