by Alexis Haddock who attends Tennessee State University
This first semester of college has been a rather interesting one. I’ve learned far more than I ever dreamed, not only in the classroom but in life.
1.) Be kind. Be willing to go the extra mile for someone who needs it.
2.) Be accepting. You are never in a position to judge anyone. Take them as they are and accept their differences.
3.) Listen to people. Everyone has a story and ever story deserves to be told. Sometimes, all someone needs is for someone to listen to them.
4.) Forgive, but don’t forget. No matter what transgression someone has committed against you, have it in your heart to forgive them. This is not for their sake, but for yours. You can not live your life with discontent and hate in your heart.
5.) Tell the truth. People will respect your honesty. Don’t mistake being truthful with being rude, however. There is a fine line between the two.
6.) Make friends. Network with everyone. You never know what connections you could have or what memories you could make.
7.) Keep your head up. College(and life for that matter) can be challenging at times, but always know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
8.) Don’t be “that” person. Don’t be the one to bring everyone down. Build people up. You never know what one kind word could do for someone.
9.) Use all your assets. Don’t turn down help. It could make a big difference in every aspect of your life.
10.) LIVE. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to dress up or go out. Be spontaneous. Be excited. Be creative. Be happy. Have fun but be responsible at the same time. Be mature but don’t loose your inner child. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Laugh. Smile. Just LIVE.