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things I learned in college.

on May 6, 2013

Well, friends. It’s the end. My college career is over. Saturday was graduation. It’s crazy. I think I’m still in shock.
(that was a lot of little sentences that could have been covered in one. sorry English majors.)

IMG_1079This is me with a couple of my dear friends. Josh, on the end, graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Composition. I graduated with a BA in Music. Katelyn graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work. And Stephanie graduated with a BA in Social Science.

IMG_1101This is my boyfriend (!!!!!) Zack and I. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and is going to medical school in the fall. (there’ll be more about him later.)

So for the past 3 years at the end of the school year I’ve written a Facebook note about things that I learned that year. It’s always been in list form and it usually includes serious things and funny things. And they all pertain to something that’s happened that year.
So I bring you:
Things I Learned In College (Year 4):
-Sometimes life just sucks
-Even when it’s hard you have to trust that it’ll get better
-IT GETS BETTER. IT GETS BETTER.
-Your core group of friends are the ones that will keep you sane and keep you accountable. Love them and appreciate them
-Always be open to new friendships
-Spontaneous trips to Chicago are some of the greatest
-Don’t let people get away from you if you don’t want them to
-Awkward things sometimes lead to great things
-There are some things you can’t control. Get over it
-Sometimes roommates turn out to be just the people you need in your life
-Jazz Theory isn’t as scary as it sounds
-It’s okay to be broken because everyone else is too
-Learning to trust God is a lifelong process
-Senior recitals aren’t so terrifying after all
-You still need to practice after your recital is over
-Sometimes plans change because of one thing in your life
-Listen to someone when they compliment you
-Real life might not be so scary
-It’s okay to ask for help
-Sometimes your professors give you the best opportunities
-Don’t put off homework (yes, I still need this reminder)
-The best relationships come out of nowhere and change your life for the better
-Sometimes you don’t get what you want, but you still need to try your best
-When you get disappointed, you can cry for awhile, but then you have to keep going
-You accumulate a lot of stuff. And you have to move it all. Keep that in mind

So that’s just a little bit of my senior year of college. I’m still working on getting all moved in to my new apartment, but I’m excited about what’s going to happen over the next year. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you all posted.

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3 responses to “things I learned in college.

  1. Sam says:

    This was a nice post. Congratulations on graduating! Do you have any post-graduation plans lined up? I am a junior now, and I can agree with a lot of the things you have learned in college, especially the – It gets better. Looking back, I can’t believe how much things have changed for the better, but I was so miserable at the time they were happening. I try to remember that when things get bad because I know, some day I’ll look back and think, wow, I can’t believe I made it through that!

    • joymatthews says:

      Thank you! I don’t have any set in stone plans yet–just working and paying off loans (ugh). We’ll see what happens after this year, but I’m excited about the prospects that I have so far. I’ll keep up to date with my blog so everyone knows what’s happening.
      College was crazy hard sometimes, but it always got better. Especially this year. It was really stressful for me, but it ended on a really high note and I’m really thankful for that. :)

      • Sam says:

        It’s such a great accomplishment to graduate college. You should definitely be proud of yourself. I hope things keep looking up for you!

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