I want to dispel a common myth that youâ€™ve all probably heard before. â€œCollege is the best time of your life.â€ Itâ€™s not and this myth is making everyone scared of graduation and the â€œreal world.â€ Think about that statement. If itâ€™s true, then that means you peaked at 22 and that the remaining 60+ years are all downhill. How depressing. I refuse to think that way. You choose to be happy. As clichÃ© as that saying may be, itâ€™s true. If you know someone whoâ€™s graduated and still considers their undergrad experience the best time of their life then theyâ€™re doing something wrong.
Iâ€™ll tell you what the saying should be. â€œCollege is the best time of your life â€¦ so far.â€ If you do it right, it should be a million times better than anything youâ€™ve ever experienced before. But thatâ€™s the way every stage of life should be. Live it up. Experience it to the fullest, and make it the best time of your life â€¦ so far.
So how do you do that?
Learn. Care about what youâ€™re learning, how much you learn and, perhaps most importantly, learn how to learn. Thereâ€™s no skill more valuable in the â€œreal worldâ€ than the ability to learn anything quickly and easily.
But donâ€™t study too much. Seriously. The difference between a good grade and a great grade is an amount of effort that doesnâ€™t always correlate.
Consider going Greek. It was the second best decision I made in college. The friendships and the experiences will last long beyond graduation. But if you do go Greek, donâ€™t limit your circle of friends to your brothers or sisters, which leads me to my next point.
Donâ€™t stop meeting new people. Youâ€™ll meet a lot of new people freshman year, but for some reason around 2nd semester of sophomore year, everyone sort of gives up and grows comfortable with their circle of friends. Donâ€™t do that. The thing I loved the most about Trinity was the people, and some of my best Trinity friends post-college are people I met my final semester of senior year.
Study abroad. It was the best decision I made in college. It will change you and youâ€™ll have an insanely awesome time doing it. Â Ask anyone that did it and theyâ€™ll tell you the same.
Finally, donâ€™t let anyone tell you that you need to know what you want to do with your life. If you think you know, and you need to start a course path that begins day one of first year then thatâ€™s awesome, go for it. But make sure youâ€™re doing it for you and because itâ€™s what makes you happy; not your parents, not your teachers, not alumni like myself writing columns in The Trinitonian who think they might have good advice.
If you have no clue, donâ€™t worry about it. Study whatever interests you. Odds are you wonâ€™t even use your major after graduation. I doubled in Economics and Spanish and on graduation day, I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do with my life. Iâ€™m now running a tech start-up called doUdeal.com. Itâ€™s the easiest way to buy and sell on and around campus (Check it out, but I wonâ€™t plug it anymore than that!). I spend my days marketing, web designing, programming, meeting with investors and doing a dozen other random things that pop up. I didnâ€™t study any of those subjects at Trinity. But I was taught how to learn. Most importantly, I learned that doing what you love is the most important thing you can do in life. I hope you all learn the same things while youâ€™re having the best time of your life â€¦ so far.
Josh Currie graduated from Trinity in 2010.