Even though your college years can be the perfect time for learning and exploration, there are still a few life lessons that college won’t teach you. Most people apply to colleges hoping that a degree will help them receive a high salary job and they often think that this is enough to obtain their dream job. But even though college is a perfect time to learn a wide variety of disciplines and skills, there are still a lot of things that life has to offer that you need to figure out on your own. Here are 7 important life lessons that you won’t learn from years at college that will help you become an independent adult:
1. Managing Money is Harder That You Might Think
This is definitely one of those life lessons that you won’t learn in college. When you are in your early 20s, keeping track of your money can quickly turn into a full-time job, especially if you have to pay a big student loan bill very month. In order to manage this situation, experts advise to limit credit card debt and to try to live as cheaply as you did before you used to have a regular salary.
2. You Will Drift Apart from Your College Friends
Even though you’ll get to meet a lot of wonderful people in your college years, you should know that most studies show that drifting apart from college friends after you graduate is only natural. Sadly, your college friends will not be your friends anymore after you graduate and this is due to the distance that will come between you. Yet, try to look at the bright side: you’ll have lots of friends all over the country.
3. Skills Matter
If you want to be the best in your field, you should know that a degree won’t help you achieve many of your goals unless you work hard to stay up to date with all the developments in your industry. In life, skills matter a lot, so try to always do something (read books, go to all kinds of classes or seminars) to hone your old skills or to acquire some new ones that will help you achieve all your objectives.
4. The Art of Communicating
It’s essential to learn how to communicate efficiently if you want to be successful at your job or in your field. Even though in college you may have not learned that much about this important ability, in life, communication skills are something that can make you or break you. So do your best to master the art of communication, since it will help you reach many of your objectives.
5. You Have to Buy Some Adult Clothes
One of the first things you should do when you graduate is to buy a grown up wardrobe that will help you land that dream job. You don’t have to spend all your money on it, just try to buy a few core pieces that you can accessorize
with statement jewelry.
6. You Will Have to Learn How to Cook
Since eating out can be pretty expensive, once you graduate, you’ll have to learn how to prepare food for yourself. Invest in a few cookbooks, visit some cooking blogs, watch some cooking shows and get started. You’ll soon discover that cooking can be quite fun and relaxing and you’ll want to do it more often.
7. You Will Make Mistakes
As an adult, you are going to make a lot of mistakes, but it’s okay. We all make mistakes every now and then. We are all human and none of us is perfect. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes and to grow both in your personal and in your professional life.
After you graduate you will learn how to evaluate people correctly, you will realize that networking and social connections always help, you’ll also discover that saving money is never easy and that in relationships actions speak louder than words. Do you know any other life lessons that can’t be learned in college? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!