May 9, 2011

my life: 21 things I learned in college

  1. You are much stronger than you think you are.
  2. It is possible to be young and have fun while also making healthy choices.
  3. The best way to re-energize during study sessions is to drink a cup of coffee and then take a 20-minute nap.
  4. My parents are smarter and more generous than I ever realized (and I really did think they were smart and generous before!), and my grandma is my biggest inspiration.
  5. What you learn from your educational experience cannot always be measured in a grade.
  6. Binders, Post-It notes, a planner, highlighters, and file folders are all essential organizational tools.
  7. The ability to truly forgive is rare and important.
  8. Eating decently, getting enough sleep, exercise, going to church, having a pet, calling home often, drinking plenty of tea, practicing gratitude, and having a fully loaded and charged iPod are all key to staying emotionally balanced.
  9. Downtown Bowling Green is west of campus, not north of it.
  10. Nothing is more important than family.
  11. Most people are doing the best that they can, and if they aren't, they need your faith in them more than ever.
  12. Do not wear flip flops on a rainy day.
  13. I have amazing friends who are truly incredible people.
  14. Living with integrity means treating others the way you want to be treated.
  15. Whoever invented pizza is a genius.
  16. Love should not be the sole basis of a relationship.
  17. The Greater Cleveland area is an awesome place to grow up and live.
  18. Breakfast food is an acceptable meal choice at any time of the day.
  19. Things will only go as you planned about 50% of the time, and the other 50% of the time, will work out okay in the end anyway.
  20. You never know how much of an impact you have had on someone's life or how much someone will come to mean to you.
  21. I was meant to be a teacher.


Kaylyn said...

Really thought #20 was going to link to info about me ;)
Haha, really though, loved it!

Rachel said...

i'm so behind on blog reading (my google reader currently has 343 posts.... um, oops? lol), but i saw this on your facebook and had to read it. absolutely loved it <3 and you. and i might have to steal your idea and do the same thing, but in a month :P

Katherine said...

I want to respond to #7. You're exactly right about it. It's the best lesson I've learned in my life, and I too learned it in college. From you. I was always amazed by your capacity to keep your heart open, and by the fact that you never let your pride get in the way of trying to make peace. That no matter how badly someone might hurt you, it took you a long time to stop giving that person chances to make it right. I know I've told you this before, but it never ceases to amaze me, and I know I'll always be grateful to you for it.

Kelly said...

Kaylyn - I knew from the minute I met you that you were the love of my life ; ) thanks!

Rachel - Thanks, dear! I'm super behind on blog reading as well, but plan to catch up soon! you should totally do one of these, I want to read it!

Katie - Thank you so much for your kind words. You have no idea how much they mean to me, or how much you have motivated me to take care of myself and be independent. I love you!! <3

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