October 3, 2009

There are a few things that I love about college that are completely different than high school. Number one, which happens to be the biggest, you have a large amount of freedom. Number two, you are responsible for yourself and you can’t depend on anyone to clean up after you. And number three, you have control. With all of these things, there comes great responsibility and sometimes we forget this.

Freedom. Who doesn’t like being able to do whatever they want when they want? In college, you can make your own decisions, stay out as late as you want, do what you want, drink and party if you want, date whoever you want…etc. You have the freedom to do as you please. If you aren’t careful, the things you do can come back to haunt you, your reputation can be ruined, and eventually you might begin to dislike the person you’ve become. When freedom goes to your head, things can get pretty hairy.

Responsibility. Whatever decisions you make out of freedom, you are responsible for the outcome. You are also responsible for getting yourself to class, putting food in your stomach, paying your bills, working, doing homework, and the list goes on. You slowing begin to transition in the “real world,” and for some people it can feel like they are catapulted into it. Responsibility can also make you feel like you are in charge of your life, which is a nice feeling sometimes.

Control. This is where some people get in trouble. We can get so caught up in things that we forget that we need to exercise self control. Whether it comes to drinking, dancing, relationships, taking over the world… you name it, keeping ourselves in check is something to remember.

I know this post sounds like I am complaining about college. At times, these things really really suck. But, no matter what crap comes along with these aspects, there are plenty to be happy about. My challenge to everyone (including myself) is to look for the silver lining in all of the not so great situations you go through.

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