I have finished my first semester at Harding, and while my work isn’t done (I’ll be in classes all summer) I wanted to reflect on what I’ve learned this semester.
First thing I would say is this, don’t get so wrapped up in tomorrow you forget about today. For me, it’s always been about the next step. It’s been about moving forward. This semester I’ve learned, while that’s not a bad thing, I shouldn’t overlook today’s opportunities.
Here’s what I mean, I had planned on working another job next semester to help pay for school. But, late in this semester I received an opportunity to become President of Harding’s chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management. Taking this opportunity most likely means not working a second job due to time constraints. Good things plans aren’t always set in stone. It’s turning out to be a great decision and I can’t wait to take over as President in the fall semester.
Plans can change, the future can be uncertain, I learned that looking ahead is great, you need to know where you’re going, but don’t let that stop you from taking advantage of the opportunities you have today.
I have also learned to set my own expectations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard how hard balancing work and school is. I mean, it’s true, it really is. But, I wanted to push the boundaries and see what I am capable of. Not to brag (okay maybe a little bit) I worked 20-30 hours a week this semester, worked out consistently, and finished this semester with 4 As and a C, give me a break it was biology.
I guess the big takeaway from that is, you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try. While it was difficult and I can’t attest to much of a social life, I accomplished a great deal and I’m not letting others expectations stop me.
The last thing is appreciating relationships. I moved 330 miles from home this semester, to a place where I knew nobody and knew almost nothing about. I’ve had a tough time connecting to people and I have felt very alone. But, I’ve learned your support systems never leave, and distance can make your relationships stronger.
This semester I’ve watched my relationship with my mother grow from a parental bond to her being one of my best friends. My former boss still calls me to check up on how I’m doing and even lets me work when I come to visit. Close friendships have gotten closer. I’ve learned to appreciate those relationships even more because I don’t get the opportunity to experience them every week. I have learned that family is forever, and friends are just a phone call away. (my friends and me below)
Wrapping it up, look forward, but don’t forget about today, you never know what you’re capable of until you try, and appreciate your friends and family, they’re the real ones.
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