What I Learned in a Year

By Hannah Roberts
Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011

Well, it is the end of another semester.  As I see people from my high school getting ready to graduate, I realize that it has been an entire year since my own graduation.  I really don’t know how time flew so fast or how I’m still standing from this hectic first year of college. 
We all go off to college in order to gain a degree in order to obtain a job.  However, I now feel that there’s a lot more to college than just going to class or learning about chemistry or English composition.  Here is my list of things that I learned this year—both practical and wisdom-filled.

  • Take a pack of gum to class in order to make new friends and meet people. It works every time.
  • Go to the gym…not to lose weight, but to de-stress. We have a great racquetball court!
  • Wash clothes in cold water. You don’t really have to separate your laundry if you do this!
  • Making one B is not the end of the world; it may seem like it though.
  • Sleep, a social life, and good grades…you can only pick two.
  • Major in what YOU are interested in—not in what will earn you the biggest salary.
  • EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Not getting a class you wanted may = avoiding a horrible professor.
  • Time FLIES!

I feel like I learned a lot this year, from balancing chemical equations to learning about integrals, but a lot of what I learned is practical, life-applicable lessons.  However, the biggest thing I learned this year is that college does not have to be all about stress and class.  While yes, it is important to maintain good grades in order to graduate and get a degree, it is also important to make lasting bonds and relationships and learn a few life lessons before you are thrown into the working world.

Like I said before, time flies; additionally, it seems like college time passes by much more quickly than high school time.  I remember being in middle school and high school and thinking that a single school day lasted FOREVER.  Now, I barely notice the length of my classes and wish that days were longer!  So lastly, good luck and congratulations to all the seniors this year.  Your freshman year of college will definitely be rewarding as well as eye-opening.  Also, I know you are all probably counting down the days until you will graduate or just get out for the summer, but don’t wish your time away—I wish I had some of it back.

Hannah Roberts is a college freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi majoring in Biochemistry with a Pre-medical emphasis. Originally from Mount Olive, Mississippi, Hannah was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011. Learn more about Hannah here!

  • Rachel Williams

    20th May 2012 at 19:18

    The bit about the pack of gum is so true, who would have thought?

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