College creates unexpected learning experience for one student

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My college experience has been much more than just learning different subjects. For me, it has been a lesson in essential life skills.

I look at things differently and in a new perspective. My confidence level has dramatically grown and I’m developing social skills that I never knew were lacking so poorly until I stepped into college.

I have a more positive outlook on things from politics to personalities and it is easier for me to accept things for what they are.

My life has become manageable and I care about myself and other people more than I ever have.

I am certainly more organized than ever before. I still have some room for growth in this area but my organizational skills have been toned by college life.

I have noticed myself working a day planner and recognizing how much it can help manage my life, especially when setting goals.

Taking little steps each day has led to big things for me. I have accomplished more in these last three years in college than I have my entire life wandering around trying to figure it all out on my own.

I smile more and my thinking is clearer. I have above average reasoning skills and amazing powers of observation.

There is not one day that goes by that I’m not learning something new. Learning has a way of making me feel stupid sometimes because I am the only one in class who didn’t know the answer, but I will next time.

Everyone has different ways of learning. Personally, I’m a visual type of learner and a hands-on kind of person. Whichever way works for you is how you should approach it.
I have met some really cool people in school and my instructors have all been inspirational to me. They say you become a product of your environment and if this holds true I have faith in where I’m going.

Being a student here at Missouri Western State University has changed my life completely, and has reshaped every aspect of my ability to focus.

Not only am I getting a quality education but I am also getting to know myself better.

Family and friends have commented on my growth. I have been told how much smarter I sound when I talk and that my attitude is impressive.

Sure, I have a long way to go but this only kills the theory that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

I’m 40 years old and I could have easily given up after being hurt on the job, but I decided to go to college. I do regret not doing this sooner and the old saying “If I knew then what I know now,” applies here. However, it’s better to know now than never I suppose.

The best advice I could give to younger students is to pay attention to what the older people are telling them because they can save you a whole lot of time and heartache.

When I was younger I didn’t listen very well but now that I’m older it’s easy to look back on what I was being told and ask myself; “What was I thinking?”

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