This time of year, most students are finalizing their schedules for next semester, which can be both a stressful and exciting process. Many students obsessively refresh their computers during registration, hoping a certain booked class or professor will suddenly open up. (Although students might think university faculty and staff aren’t aware of these avoidance measures, it wasn’t that long ago that we were doing the same thing for our own schedules.)
As you’re looking forward to next semester, I want to take a moment to suggest a valuable addition to every student’s schedule, regardless of your major. Whether you’ve already finalized your schedule for next semester or you’re still looking for a couple of classes, there’s one teacher that you shouldn’t avoid next semester… experience.
Experience is an amazing teacher because it:
- Prepares you for real-life experiences
- Shapes your intuition
- Molds your character
- Shows you how to overcome failure and respond to success
- Reveals more qualities about your divine design
The great thing about experience is that you have an entire lifetime to learn from it, not just one semester. In fact, you don’t have to wait until next semester to start learning from experience—you can start this summer. Get some experience by spending a week interning for a person who works in an industry you’re studying, volunteering a week at a local nonprofit, or leading a group of high schoolers in a Bible study. Start looking for ways you can gain valuable experience in something you’re passionate about next semester.
While each class you take is essential to your growth and knowledge, the real benefit of a university life is that it gives you opportunities to learn from experience just as much as from books. If you want to prepare yourself for life after university, learning from experience is an essential element.
Be sure to ask a lot of questions, write everything you’re learning on paper, and continually say “yes” to opportunities that come your way. These are all things you can do to learn from experience. Experience is going to reveal more gifts and talents in your divine design. Look to connect with and learn from people who have experienced many things and soak in the wisdom.
Today, I want to encourage you to look for opportunities to learn from experience, whether it is a summer internship, a week of volunteering, or an extracurricular activity.
Learning from experience isn’t something you stop doing when you graduate. It’s an essential lifetime lesson if you want to continually grow and develop into the best version of yourself.
What valuable lessons have you learned from experience? What are some things you would like to do that can give you more experience?