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What I Learned in College…

by ericarunsamerica on December 11th, 2012

Hey Stony Brook!

I wish everyone the best of luck in studying, paper-writing, and final-exam-taking over these next few weeks!

The end of the semester is a great time to reflect upon the amazing experiences and knowledge that we have gained since August.  Think about all of the great things you have accomplished and the massive amount of information you have been exposed to.  Although you may be looking forward to winter break (or those of us “lucky” enough to get a break-I know many may be taking an intersession course…or two!), take some time to “take it all in.”

How is what you learned applicable to your goals in life?  I know, for me, I was profoundly influenced by what I discovered this semester, both in and out of the classroom: my Stony Brook experiences have rekindled my passion for writing and art, and, coupled with the practical environmental knowledge that I have accumulated, I have honed in on my ultimate career goals to be an eco-artist and environmental journalist.

Stony Brook is truly a special place. Our professors demonstrate not only an academic prowess, but they also work hard to ensure that we have access to a multitude of helpful resources to help us succeed in life.  The influence of our instructors, classmates, the course material, and the college experience itself, all do so much to impact our lives.  Our time spent at Stony Brook University is a catalyst that helps us discover who we truly are and who we must be.

So, I urge you to take this time of year to reflect on your life: how has Stony Brook impacted you?  Perhaps you met a best friend here, found a new career, or simply expanded your practical knowledge.

You may find yourself cursing the heavy course load you took on at the start of the semester as you study for finals now… as you cram to pore over every note and textbook covered in your classes. But, find some time to relax and appreciate all of those notes, books, lectures, office hours, and field trips you may have taken, read, and attended this Fall of 2012.

Think for the long term; and set your goals high!

peace. love. run.


From → Erica

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