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Thursday Thoughts…

Hello Everyone!

This Thursday I thought I would share some more personal thoughts and share the top 5 things I have learned from my time here at Muskingum University. Although I do have one more semester after this one left, it is a pretty surreal feeling to know that my time in undergraduate classes is almost over with.

College definitely changes you. But it doesn’t necessarily change who you are, but rather more clearly defines what you want to become and enables you to get where you want to be by the available resources around you.

1. You won’t always find that huge group of “girlfriends” you were hoping to have.

You know what I’m talking about. The group of 5 and 6 girls who walk around and are inseparable at every given moment of the day? Don’t get me wrong, there are some of these on campus, but it is not a guarantee that you will be apart of a group like this. And THAT IS OKAY! Late my freshman year, I gained my best friend…”my person” and I wouldn’t have it any other way. To me, one best friend who will be there for you for life is better than 5 or 6 semi-best friends.

2. You realize some of the smaller things you took for granted when you lived back home with your parents.

All the sudden, doing laundry seems like the biggest task on certain days, and the small complaining sessions with your mom just aren’t the same when she isn’t in the same room as you. How about when you are sick and no one is there to make sure you are rehydrating or just checking up on you to see how you are feeling? Don’t get me wrong, friends will do these things for you–but nothing will ever beat your mom or dad’s unconditional love.

3. When the going gets tough, the tough better get going.

As cliché as it may sound, this is one of the most accurate statements I have learned in throughout my four years at Muskingum. I will tell you from experience that when things get tough, if you do not take the bull by the horns and gain control of everything around you (regardless of what it is) you will find yourself in a whirlwind of procrastination and missed deadlines, and ultimately low grades!

4. You WILL be confused about a lot of things…a lot of the time.

Whether it is what you want to major in, what you want to do with your major, what homework assignment to start next, what sorority/fraternity to join there are always going to be choices every single day you face at Muskingum. Some of these choices are going to seem more like challenges, and at times you aren’t going to know what to chose right off the bat. It is confusing. And like I said before, IT IS OKAY. It is important to remember that being confused will eventually lead to a decision that will result in growth in your personality and who you are as an individual because you took the time to remain calm and figure out exactly what it is that you want/need.

5. Don’t ever sell yourself short of what you want to do.

Take this from someone who has made the mistake a few times since I have stepped on Muskingum’s campus. If you want to major in Biology, but feel the material is too tough…DO IT ANYWAY! There are plenty of resources here at Muskingum to help you achieve any goal you wish as long as you have the desire and dedication to work for what you want. Trust me, at the end of your four years you do not want to wish that you had stuck it out with another major, or tried one more semester of a certain kind of class. But this doesn’t just apply to classes, this applies to anything that you have the chance to do at Muskingum. IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING–SET YOUR MIND TO IT AND DO IT! Now is your time to shine.

There you have it–Have a great week!

Ashley 🙂


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