4 Life Skills You Learn in College

4 Life Skills You Learn in College
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    They aren’t kidding—college is jam-packed with substantial growth. You won’t recognize the person who graduates, but that’s a good thing in many cases.

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As you lay the groundwork for the rest of your adult life, your experiences in this short block of years play a major role in that process. Learn about four of the life skills you learn in college in our list below.

Social Skills

The social web of higher education is exactly that—a web. It’s easy to get stuck like a deer in headlights when you step onto campus, not knowing what to do. The first few months are your biggest social challenge, but one that brings you outside of yourself more than high school ever did. That tough first semester then invariably pays off in some degree of friendship.

Now, it doesn’t get easier once you make a friend or two. One of the hardest things is consistency. You can’t flake on your friends, and if you do, you’ll lose their trust. Many learn this lesson in heartbreaking fashion, but these lessons endure for the rest of your life.

Roommate Skills

Meanwhile, roommate skills bear resemblance to social skills, but with some added twists. Your first year on campus, in particular, will train you in the necessary back-and-forth between two or more people who have differing backgrounds.

Apart from whether you get along or not, you have to settle on cleanliness standards and how you each use your shared space.

Living so close to an initial stranger also trains you on conflict management. It shines a light on your toxic conflict avoidance or your readiness to fight over little things.

Above all, it’s a humbling experience in which you see some not-so-good sides of yourself and your roommates. In no time though, you’ll know everything you need to know about finding a roommate you can realistically live with. This’ll hopefully set you up for success in later college years or, at the least, in your post-grad life.

Depend-on-Yourself Skills

While your interactions with others shape you, so too does your self-management (or lack thereof). While you had parental backup in high school, there’s no one invested in your collegiate success like you are, especially before you make solid friends.

If you lacked independence beforehand, college forces you to get good at prioritizing your time and budgeting your money by yourself. If you fail here, you risk flunking out or otherwise needing to leave. But if you succeed, you learn to trust yourself more and forge into your future.

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Ask-for-Help Skills

While independence is crucial, one more life skill you learn in college is knowing how to reach out to others. The complicated soup of college life—classes, papers, social dynamics, and extracurriculars—overwhelm each student at some point. This may be the first time you need substantial propping up in your life, and your parents aren’t on hand to do so.

To survive these rigors, you must look to your parents (though sparingly), peers, and your professors. Grasping how to advocate for yourself and seek assistance is a sign of strength, not weakness, that many discover during these years.

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