Higher education is designed to challenge and reward the individuals who are willing and able to actively pursue its reaches. There is quite a lot to be said about the remarkable value in undergoing the higher education experience because this is, in so many ways, a truly unique experience both in design and intent, the likes of which is entirely geared towards broadening an individual’s academic, intellectual, and even personal horizons. Anyone who has ever been a student themselves in any capacity knows this to some level.
However, for those of you who are just now approaching the beginning of your own higher education journey, it is entirely fair to say that this is a time of incredible nerves. So, what is the best piece of advice that any other individual who has been through the experience themselves, can give you? If you asked me, my piece of advice might seem lackluster, or even silly. Some would say it is, in some ways, so obvious. However, this is a piece of advice that I was given prior to kick starting my own higher education journey. And it has proven to be something of a guiding light for me. Hopefully, it can be for you, too.
Embracing the experience for what it is
The best piece of advice that I have ever been given surrounding higher education, and that I in turn can give to you, is to embrace the experience for what it is. So often, it can be entirely all too easy to get swept up in the chaos of the higher education experience and to forget what it is really supposed to be all about. Yes, meeting deadlines and striving for academic excellence is the whole point of higher education. But it is not the only point. Higher education is so much more than great grade point averages and surpassing expectations.
Why this is so important
There is value to be found in the academic environment outside of the classroom as well as in it. Whether you build hobby groups to play casino online or are given the opportunity to rub shoulders with seasoned industry professionals at networking events and seminars (to name a few examples), higher education is all about providing you with an incredibly well rounded experience that allows, encourages, and nourishes you to continuously meet and exceed any and all expectations and to be willing and able to actively and unapologetically chase your dreams and your passions. For me, this is what university has been about when I step back and look at the bigger picture.
The value in embracing all life has to offer
This is a lesson that you can and should take with you well after you graduate, too. Building connections and going after what you want are fantastic lessons in how to look at the predisposed limitations set in front of you, laugh, and charge through them anyway. Glass ceilings sure are beautiful, however if you work hard enough they can shatter so easily. Break through those glass ceilings and reach for the stars. That is where all the brightest magic is.