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10 Useful Lessons College Taught Us About Life and Work

Adam Starr

10. Dealing with Break Ups

In many ways, college is about starting over, leaving your comfort zone, redefining your environment, learning new skills, meeting new people, and building new relationships. Breaking up is about the same thing.

In both circumstances you were (and still are) forced to learn new skills, to move to new cities, countries, and towns. Like breaking up with a familiar and comfortable past, it wasn’t always easy to do. But you’ve learned.

One day you’ll be typing away at your desk and checking your fantasy football scores and the next you’ll be giving your key card to the HR lady. Sometimes you’re not much into work and sometimes work is just not that into you. Either way, occasional breakups are inevitable.

College taught us to adapt. To rebound quickly on and off the intramural court. College, like breakups, taught us that it’s perfectly normal to go from being popular to being alone, and to build yourself up from a novice to an expert.

When you moved away from home, you broke up with your childhood. When you graduated, you broke up with the schedules and rhythms of the classroom. You are much older now and it’s likely you don’t know everything, but know you know where to find it and that it’s okay to learn as you go.

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