What I Learned in College


This past weekend I attended the college graduation of my youngest son.  It does not seem possible that so many years have come and gone since I graduated from college.  The occasion did have me reflecting back on a few things that I learned way back in my college days.

  • I could survive 1,000 miles from home.
  • Yet, as Dorothy said, “There is no place like home.” 
  • There really is a reason why you separate clothes before washing. 
  • College cannot be survived without pizza and coffee.
  • Never trust stuffed peppers in the cafeteria.
  • Some of those foods I avoided for the first eighteen years of my life really were not bad.
  • Sometimes the most fun you can have is when you don’t act your age.
  • Be certain your aim is good before trying to throw tomatoes out your window from across the room. 
  • Sitting on a bench eating ice cream and watching cars go by is not a bad way to spend time. 
  • Sleep is over-rated. 
  • About the only courses I excelled in were racquetball, softball, bowling and ice skating. 
  • I could spend hours in a dorm room just sitting and talking with a friend.
  • An “F” in calculus was not the end of the world, nor would it be the last failure of my life.
  • Selling turkey shaped cookies at Thanksgiving is a marketing opportunity everyone is missing. 
  • A good roommate is a friend for life even if you lose track of each other for a while. 
  • The activities you are involved in are as much a part of your college experience as the classes you take. 
  • Memories of arguments can last longer than memories of what was argued about. 
  • Pranks are paid back with interest. 
  • Dorm rooms/apartments strangely enough do not clean themselves. 
  • Letters from family and friends were like manna from heaven. 
  • Your plans are not set in stone. You can change majors or schools or both like I did.
  • Some of us never really decide what we want to be when we grow up.
  • You really can do things you never dreamed you could. 
  • You’re not nearly as smart as you think you are. 
  • You’re not nearly as dumb as you think you are.
  • You are not finished learning when you graduate. 
  • Possessions can be replaced. 
  • Calling your parents on Saturday morning is a good habit to get into and one I still have.



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