Finding the “I” in the “iBook”: Lessons College has Taught Me, Beyond the Basics

When first applying to Lynn, I understood that attending such an international, innovative school would result in a unique college experience that would leave a profound impact on me. Little did I expect that only halfway through this crazy journey would I have gathered enough wisdom to last me a lifetime – well, maybe not a lifetime, but there’s still three more semesters for that.

Of course by attending classes and taking notes on my professor’s lectures, I’ve gained a ton of “book smarts”: the correct way to hanging indent on an APA reference page, how to successfully deliver a persuasive speech and even how to balance a checkbook.

Luckily, for the math-impaired like myself, Lynn has offered me realistic math classes, which I could apply to my everyday life. Even while purchasing my first car, I was able to reference my freshman year economics class and compare MSRP’s – manufacturer’s suggested retail price – impressive, right?

But beyond the books, my college experience thus far has changed me greatly, in ways I did not expect. For starters, I’ve learned how important my family really is to me, and how much reliance I’ve truly put on my parents.

I’ve always considered myself a highly independent young woman, with a strong desire to go out into the world and achieve for myself. Yet, all it took was two midterms, a research essay and 10-minute PowerPoint presentation all due within a two-day window for me to want to go crying back to my mother like a baby. Though I’ve always been a person with strong family ties, I did not understand “homesickness” until I found myself over 1,200 miles from home.

Despite the initial, and occasionally reoccurring loneliness, this homesickness also acted as a stepping-stone for me. I was forced to put on my big-girl pants, and brave the world alone. While conquering my fears, juggling classwork and editorial work on the school paper, attempting to scrounge up a social life, and working at least 35 hours a week at a local restaurant, I found there was no other option but to suck it up and bite the bullet.

However, this girl is certainly not all work, no play – college life has also taught me the beauty of time management. Understanding due dates, when I have to clock into work, when I would like to see my boyfriend – and maybe, possibly, if there is some luck, sleep for at least a few hours – has forced me to lead a very structured life. In of time of my life when I’m beginning to finally understand who I am, and what my purpose is, living a structured, organized life is a blessing in itself.

On the topic of blessings, studying at Lynn has also taught me to open my eyes to the beauty that’s around me. Cheesy, yes, I know. Yet, when one is constantly surrounded by a swirling mix of ethnicities, and massive palm trees on a beautiful campus, sometimes you’ve got to kick back and realize just how great we’ve got it here at Lynn.

These positive vibes are ones I like to take with me throughout the day. Whether you realize it or not, positive thinking has an amazing impact on day-to-day life. Even when times get rough, I’ve learned to keep good vibes, always.

Studying at Lynn has undoubtedly left a profound impact on me. Though I still have three more semesters to go, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.


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