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Five Life Lessons for Students

1) If you can afford to go to University, do not hesitate or think twice.

2) Being an only child isn't as easy as people tend to think it is.

3) It's okay if you don't know where your life will take you - no one really does.

4) You are not owed anything simply because of the family you were born into.

5) Some people are just too far gone for help, no matter how much it hurts to realize this.

There are many things that I could say about each of these points, but for now I'll leave them with simply these five statements, which have led me through my past three years of University education and the stressful summer before entering said education.

1) If you can afford to go to University, do not hesitate or think twice.

For me, this was easy. I had been dreaming of going to University my entire life and quite frankly if I hadn't gone nobody would've let me hear the end of it! Not only that, but as a family we could definitely afford it. Now if you find yourself in a situation where you may not be able to attend anything after high school because of financial reasons then I urge you to investigate your possibilities. Even though we never know what will happen tomorrow there is always some way through today. From scholarships and bursaries (grants), to personal loans or even asking your parents for help - every option should be explored before swearing off University.

Tip: You can get the scholarship if you get a high score on the entry test for that you can follow this link: https://www.nearpeer.org/entry-test-preparation

2) Being an only child isn't as easy as people tend to think it is.

I am going to be honest with you - I thought being an only child would make things a lot easier for me during my education. I did not have anyone else to worry about but myself and that meant that I was solely responsible for all of my actions, successes and hardships throughout a day, week or year. This made it so much more difficult than I ever could've imagined because when you are alone there is nobody to help pick up the pieces, no shoulder to cry on in times of need and no one who understands what your frustrations are like besides yourself (and maybe your parents). It's tough! That said, this has helped me become stronger, more determined, more resilient and I have also learned the importance of when to reach out for help when it is needed. 

3) It's okay if you don't know where your life will take you - no one really does.

This was a hard lesson to learn but one that has helped me tremendously in not getting too ahead of myself. When I entered University many people told me that they knew what they wanted their careers to be like after graduating and honestly looking back at them now three years later I think they were full of shit! There is nothing wrong with having a plan or idea about what you want to do (I hope there's at least something), but until you get there you cannot expect yourself to know all the answers. If you leave University with a degree in hand and absolutely no idea where your life will take you, that's okay. The world is bigger than the small bubble of your university campus and there are so many opportunities out there for you to seize if you're open to them!

4) You are not owed anything simply because of the family you were born into.

This one might be a controversial statement, but I really do believe in it even though it may have negative connotations in some people's eyes when being brought up - especially when considering families from a lower income level with children who have big dreams about making it out their current situation by going to University or getting a good job after high school graduation. In my opinion, your family's income has nothing to do with your success or what you can accomplish. If you want something, whether it be going to University, moving out of your parent's house, getting a good job or anything else - go after it and never stop until you get it!

5) Being yourself is the most important thing in the world.

In my opinion, being able to have confidence in who you are as a person is by far one of the most integral parts of being happy. In high school I tried so hard to fit into this image that I thought was 'cool' and by trying to be someone I'm not for those four years I lost sight of my goals and where my life was going because all I cared about was what others thought of me. Once I finally began to embrace who I was, everything fell into place and has turned out so amazingly well for me because I am now the person that I want to be!

BONUS:

You are never too old to follow your dreams or do what makes you happy. I highly recommend you do this MDCAT course to take the first step to jump into your dreams. 

This one is pretty self-explanatory but it's true - you are only as young as you feel. If at 25 years old there is still something deep inside of you that wants to go back to University and get another degree (or even pursue a career in an entirely different area) then do it! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise whether they be family members, friends or total strangers on the internet whose only input will be negative comments. If you have the determination, ambition and passion to follow your dreams then by all means go for it!

Don't let anyone tell you that you are not good enough or strong enough to accomplish what you want to in life. You are more than capable of living the life that you want so long as you are willing to work hard for it! This is something I learned in University and hopefully if any fellow students out there read this they will take it on board and be motivated because we've got this!

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