A college or university education can be the most exciting phase in an individual’s life. Apart from the hours of fun and rigorous study, the purpose of the college experience is to develop essential life skills that develop an individual’s personality and lifelong attitude towards life. Ask yourself if your college experience is providing you the following essential skills to succeed in life.
College life is supposed to develop an individual from a self-conscious youth into an independent and responsible human being. Basically, at university you are responsible for your own progress and for maintaining a consistent record. This enhanced sense of responsibility can feel overwhelming at first, but if you take it in your stride, it can teach you how to manage your responsibilities without being dependent on others.
Working with others
Your college years are a period of intense socialization. You are constantly surrounded by peers and teachers, interacting with them for learning, research, counselling, companionship and fun. Throughout your college life, you will be expected to work within teams and groups. Many students feel that teamwork is a waste of time and reduces recognition for individual work. In reality, such experiences prepare you for life as a professional and as a citizen where you will be working as a member of a team, department, neighborhood and community almost all the time. Seek out such opportunities while you are at college instead of avoiding them.
The time one spends at college is a period of personal maturity as well as intellectual growth. One often has to deal with academic challenges and emotional/psychological problems simultaneously. College experiences also involve a lot of social interaction which creates problems like peer pressure and defining one’s identity. Then there are academic tasks such as research projects, written assignments and co-curricular activities. All these challenges should be taken as opportunities for rational, critical analysis and systematic problem solving.
University or college is where future leadership potential is identified. There are so many opportunities that you can explore to develop your capacity to lead a team or community. You can join various campus groups and societies to improve your organization, planning, and interpersonal skills. Through these activities, college life allows you to interact with the world outside and get a taste of practical life challenges.
A civic attitude
College experiences bring people into contact with a diverse population and sensitize them to a variety of social issues such as racism, tolerance, respect for law, and fairness. These experiences help to cultivate a strong civic attitude that helps students become responsible members of society.