Sunday, August 28, 2011

Enrolling at Wonderful U

Why should college kids have all the fun? While I wouldn't want to go back to communal living, cafeteria fare and Calculus, it occurs to me that there are a lot of lessons that can be gleaned from the university setting when it comes to composing a life out here in the real world. Here are my notes:

1. Pick a course of study. Learning doesn't end at graduation, it just becomes more personal and self-directed. Come up with something new to delve into, like nutrition, racquet ball, calligraphy, comparative religion or Native American history. Your brain craves this and will pay you back in wellbeing.

2. Keep up with your reading. I've committed to reading a book a week this year. It's something I love to do, but always seem to get side-tracked by things like unloading the dishwasher or watching a rerun of American Pickers on the History Channel. Not anymore, Bub, because I've got a plan and I'm working my plan.

3. Check in with your advisor. Don't try to go it alone. That's what God, trusted friends and family members, mentors, ministers and therapists are for: to listen and guide. Let go and let them.

4. Make new friends. If your list of contacts hasn't changed since you first got a cell phone, it's time to add some new lives to your life. While you're at it, make sure they aren't all carbon copies of you. Where's the fun in that?

5. Put effort into your social life. The world will not come seek you out in your dorm room/cubicle/condo. Check out a new band, start a supper club, take a loaf of banana bread to the neighbors. Make sure your people-connections are stronger than your internet connection.

6. Major in something you love. Whatever you're passionate about, put your energy there. Good things will happen.

7. Walk everywhere or take a bike. The more active you are, the healthier and happier you'll be. All you need is sneakers and a Schwinn.

8. Stay in touch with the folks back home. They love you more than you'll ever know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It seems like a good time of the year to re-focus on a few changes that could add a lot to one's life. With the starting of the school year, everything just feels different. Perfect timing.