Wednesday, February 5, 2014
After 4 years in university, I think I have learned a lot. At least I hope so, because those 4 years weren't cheap.
I have benefited greatly from the classes I attended in university. But at the same time, I believe I have gained many wonderful lessons from my experiences outside of the four walls of the classroom. I might even argue that I learned more outside of the classroom, than inside of it.
In any case, whether it be inside or outside of the classroom, both are important reservoirs of knowledge and understanding for purposes far greater than simply getting good grades and graduating with an expensive piece of paper.
So what have I learned? Here are 5 (out of many):
Life is beyond any textbook. I cannot navigate through life with a black and white syllabus, but with a colourful guide.
Each individual human being is unique. The same problem can manifest itself in different ways in different people. I should not rely on one-size-fits-all answers because most questions have no easy answers.
There is hope. Even in the darkest of situations, there is a glimmer of hope. One experiences do not determine one's fate. One is not doomed to one's past. There is always room for change.
What I see is (almost always) not the whole story. There is more than meets the eyes. This applies especially on how I view other people, whoever they are.
I am no longer a kid. This particular lesson comes a bit late. I should have realized this by the time my voice changed from a chipmunk to a crocodile. But, it is better late than never. I am an adult i.e. I am responsible and accountable for what I say, do, think, etc. to myself and to others (human beings and otherwise).
Those are some of the things I have learned.
Did they make me a better person?
I hope so.
Otherwise, I have learned nothing.