Why Do We Go to College? Besides the Obvious Reason.

To get an education, dummy.

Well, obviously, but we’ve always known there’s more to it than that. Most decent paying jobs nowadays require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. BUT, as anyone who’s been to college knows, the experience of going to school is as important as the end result of finally getting handed that fancy diploma. The friends, the dorm drama, the classes, the parties, the gross-but-you-shove-it-down-anyway Sodexo food…it’s a rite of passage.

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It’s something that people go through in different ways. For example, there always seems to be this line drawn between the people who are always going out and partying, and those who stay in and can usually be found hiding in their favorite nook at the library. While we have a tendency to lump someone in with either one group or the other, it is hard to pass through school without finding yourself in both categories at a time.

There’s also the intense pressure to handle your school life and your social life. The old adage goes, (and by old adage I mean a meme that I found) that in college you’re constantly trying to find a balance between a social life, academics, and sleep. Unfortunately, you can only manage doing 2 of the 3 at a time.

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Possibly the most stressful part of college is how we are culturally expected to have our lives figured out by the time we graduate. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t know a single living, breathing person on Truman’s campus who has it all figured out.

No, really, I do not. I know people who know the next step, like going to graduate school or already have a job lined up. Heck, I know people who are getting married, moving into a new place together, and have jobs down the street from each other. BUT they don’t have everything figured out.

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Fact is, we all know people who already have met the love of their life(or at least they think he or she is), have that perfect job in the city locked down, or magically have enough money to decide they’re going to take a gap year and live off a boat in Spain. And you know, good for them. But life has a way of throwing you curve balls and if high school was any indication, things don’t always go as planned. I personally, would rather have none of those things but have a greater sense of self as I go forward from graduation this May.

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Because I’m a big believer that as long as you know yourself, your talents, and what you have to offer the world, you’ll do alright. That’s why we go to college: to learn ourselves away from the influences of family, too small hometowns, and sometimes, cities where we feel ourselves drowning in a sea of many personalities.

Learn who you are, and you’ll end up where you’re supposed to.

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