The Lessons That University Truly Teaches You

Friday, July 21, 2017

It's been a little while now since I've graduated from University, and have grown into my "adult life". That being said, the further behind my college years become, the more I pick up bits of knowledge that I had wish I had known while I was still in school. Today, I thought I'd share 5 things that I wish I could have told myself prior to beginning my post-secondary education, which aligns well with Earnest's mission. Enjoy!

1. Your best years won't necessarily be the ones you spend in school
I feel as though there exists a lot of pressure on young adults to pack as much as possible into their college years, out of fear that life becomes incredibly dull after school ends. What I've learned however, is that your college years might not necessarily be your best ones. Make sure to enjoy every moment, but don't feel overwhelmed if you can't "do it all".

2. Your school friends will probably remain your best ones
You will surely make new friends as you expand your professional and social circle throughout the years after school, however there is something special about the friends you make while pulling all-nigters and laughing over the memories you made in your second-year French class.

3. Now is the time to develop healthy habits
Learn to cook, exercise and establish a good skincare routine. You won't have the time or money to be perfect when it comes to this, but baby-steps in the right direction will lead to habits that will last a lifetime.

4. You will learn "higher-knowledge", but it might not be what you expected
I was a science major in my undergraduate degree. While I expected that the knowledge I would carry into my adult life would be scientific, this could not be further from the truth. What I learned most from my education was more so the ability to think critically and to understand that things are not always as they appear.

5. Creating a financial plan is critical - finding a financial team like Earnest helps
This one appears obvious at first, the plan is logically to get a job after graduation. However, there is so much more that goes into making smart financial decisions than the career you stumble into. A financial plan can include making a budget while you're in school and altering it when you're newly graduated. It can also mean consolidating and refinancing your student loans, so that you can gain better insight into managing your money and so that you are paying the best interest rate possible. Companies such as Earnest, can help you do just that. Their expert team can consolidate your debt and find better rates, all the while helping you customize your budget. You can check out more about how they can help you here.

What do you wish you'd known while in school?

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