DULUTH: It is currently finals week and four years at the University of Minnesota – Duluth is ending. In the fall, it is graduate school. With that being said, there are many things one learns at the university. However, there are three rules for success from which any incoming college freshman would benefit.
Three rules for success in College:
1.) Be Yourself Unapologetically
College has become a breeding ground for political brainwashing, the silencing of free thought or speech. Meaning that if you find yourself disagreeing with the norm on your college campus, do not be afraid to debate. A college institution is meant for expressing new ideas, and in doing so you will feel a lot happier knowing that you stuck to your values.
People in college do not necessarily care about what your background is from high school, but they do care about your thought. Stand up for what you believe in because ultimately doing what makes you happy manifests the real you and builds your confidence.
2.) College Is an Investment
When I first arrived at college I had the belief that “if you want to be successful, you have to go to college.” Well, after about my junior year I started to become somewhat of a skeptic on that notion. Largely, because there are plenty of kids that I know personally that did not go to college and are doing just fine.
Additionally, I saw many kids in college who chose majors that will not prepare them for a real job once they graduate and have to pay off all of the debt they created!
Charlie Kirk from Turning Point USA describes the large college loans in America as “The Game of Loans.” The government has no incentive to curtail tuition cost; they collect the interest as you pay off your loans. And the universities get more money in their pockets as well.
I am not saying to not go to college, as there are many beneficial reasons to go. But you definitely need a plan and pick something that will give you a good living when you graduate.
3.) Go Where You See Opportunity
Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs has a classic saying “do not follow your passion, but always take it with you”.
What he means by that is your passion alone does not always spell success. You should instead find something you like and are good at that pays well for a career. Focus on what you are good at naturally and go where you can apply your skills. I have a roommate that is about to graduate with a marketing degree. He has sent out over 14 applications.
Luckily, he has a background in graphic designing and that is why he has gotten any calls back for interviews. Writing has always been an asset of mine, but my background is in exercise science. Yet here I write this article.
I follow these rules in an effort to find new ways to challenge myself. In this I become a better person today than I was yesterday. In exercise science, there is the “overload principle.” This means that you will not see any further adaptations in exercise unless you challenge yourself.
You can base that principle to your life as well. And if you live by that standard, you will start to see positive changes in your life.
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