Welcome to the second post in my "College Is..." series! I asked around to my fellow college colleagues (can I call them that or...?) to describe college in one sentence. Obi responded with: "College is not for the weak-hearted." Geez, right? College is not for the weak-hearted. Although this quote is very straight forward and pretty blunt, it's nothing but the truth.
Like we discussed in my last College Is post, college is a learning experience. People will be there for you, backstab you, be fake, be friendly and everything else in between. It's a tough atmosphere and you're constantly surrounded by those types of people every second of the day. It can be taxing on someone that doesn't have a strong foundation built within themselves. I wouldn't necessarily say that college is NOT for the weak-hearted, because it allows you to face many opportunities that will strengthen your heart, but you'll have a hard time if you take things personally all of the time. I have to remind myself daily that taking things personally can lead to major self destruction. Someone is randomly an a-hole to you? OK, maybe they're having a bad day but it is not about you.
You could go into college completely naive (which most people do) and leave college with a strong heart and zero tolerance for bullshit. I believe that everyone starts at this "weak-hearted" point. We wear our heart on our sleeves when we first arrive to college because we're just so excited for the new experience. We're so excited we left people back at home. We're so excited that everyone is SO friendly (at first). We're excited for the newness that college is. We're weak. We haven't even encountered half of the obstacles that college throws at you. We're fresh, n00bs (if you will).
So yeah, college is not for the weak-hearted. But it may take some people awhile to gain that strength than others. Shoot, some people may come into college with a steady mind, hard head and strong heart while others might find their strength as the years pass. I'll leave you with that to ponder + with this quote...