34 lessons I learned in my 4 years of undergrad

I graduated!! Four years of college are done and I’ve got a bachelor’s degree! I can hardly believe it but I’m done with my undergrad career and I learned so much in my four years at William & Mary.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I learned a lot both inside and outside the classroom and the past four years have been full of personal growth and change. I’ve experienced lots of super high highs, lots of super low lows, and lots and lots of days that felt like just another day.

Today, I’m sharing with you 34 of the most important (both big and small) lessons I’ve learned over my four years in undergrad. I’m also sharing some of my favorite grad photos taken by my lovely freshman roommate Claire Seaton. Leave me a comment down below and tell me something YOU learned in college!

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

1. Step out of your comfort zone sometimes. You never know what might happen.

2. Some things are more important than class.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

3. BUT … it’s really hard to do well in a class if you don’t prioritize it.

4. A good night’s sleep does more for your productivity than ten cups of coffee and an all-night cram session.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

5. Just because you CAN write a 12 page paper in three hours doesn’t mean you should wait until the day it’s due to start writing.

6. “We should grab a meal sometime and catch up” is an empty platitude unless you actually get out your planner and schedule a meal.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

7. Dorm room air can drive you crazy. Even if you don’t have class that day, take a walk outside or you’ll go nuts.

8. You don’t have to go to every single social gathering. It’s okay to say no.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

9. It’s also important to say yes. If you never accept invitations, people will stop inviting you.

10. Even if it seems like everybody else is involved in 40 clubs, it’s okay to prioritize depth over breadth.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

11. Some of the best ideas come out of boredom.

12. Self-reflection is key, but overthinking can be your undoing. (Write in a journal every night before bed and let that brain dump cleanse your thoughts.)

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

13. To start your day on the right foot, make your first task of the morning either something you love or something productive.

14. Some people come into your life to stay and others come into your life to teach you a lesson.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

15. Self-care is more than just bubble baths and face masks, but those things sure can help!

16. Group projects never get any better.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

17. Professors are amazing resources of knowledge + life advice. If you build relationships they can be mentors, references, and give you help in their class and beyond.

18. Learning happens outside the classroom even more than inside.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

19. Don’t live alone if you can’t handle squishing bugs.

20. If you’re not sure how you feel about something or someone, take a little break and you’ll figure out how you really feel.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

21. Dining hall food might be terrible, but the people who work there are amazing. Friends can come from anywhere and there’s an upside to everything.

22. You need fewer belongings than you think.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

23. If you think someone might be in trouble, always offer your help. The worst that can happen is you get a bit embarrassed because you misread the situation.

24. Coffee tastes good, but so does decaf.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

25. Pro/con lists are incredibly helpful, but sometimes you just have to trust your gut.

26. You can’t change the world without help. Prioritize your relationships.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

27. Rain boots are an essential if you live in a swamp.

28. If something matters to you, make time for it. If you can’t find the time, maybe you need to re-prioritize the rest of your life or maybe it doesn’t actually matter to you all that much.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

29. Not all risks work out in your favor but that doesn’t mean you should stop taking them.

30. Everybody has their own story. You can’t assume that someone’s background, perspective, or experiences are anything like yours.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

31. Don’t hide your emotions. Being upfront with people works a lot better for solving problems than being passive aggressive.

32. Make time to be creative. It’s spiritually rewarding and you might end up with some new wall decorations.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

33. Just like a plant, you need sunlight, water, and love to grow. Keep your water bottle handy and take a walk with your best friend. It’ll help I promise.

34. The most important things you can be are kind and grateful.

My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I can’t believe undergrad is already over! I’m so excited to start grad school in a couple of days and I’m really grateful that I don’t have to leave William & Mary just yet. I’ll be getting my master’s of arts in education with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher in a Virginia public school.

{What’s your dream job? What did you learn in college? Any advice for graduate school? Leave me a comment down below and tell me! I read and respond to each and every message I get.}

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