Something difficult yet extremely advantageous about the transition between high school and college is that you are given the opportunity to create new challenges for yourself, and you can participate in an endless number of activities!
To me, challenges in college at first appeared to be something I wanted to run away from, but after two years I realized challenges are exactly the key to directing you towards a career and lifestyle dripping with passion and enjoyment.
College (as well as the entire world) is greatly run by entertainment. Of course there is academia, social relationships, careers, etc. But, the marvelous thing about entertainment is that it can incorporate all of these different categories.
For instance, if your ideal college experience at college is revolved around learning, studying, and being time efficient with degree completion, then you can still find plenty of activities to partake in to give your dedicated studies some social flare.
From what I have experienced in college, fine arts are a perfect form of entertainment for the intellectual. Art, whether it be in the form of paintings, sculptures, architecture, drawings, etc., is rooted in creativity, open-mindedness, and unique inspiration.
I have found viewing or creating art to be an incredibly relaxing break from typical college studies or responsibilities, but art also serves as tools for your work at college, Sometimes a paper can be better articulated in words once you have had an image printed in your mind as inspiration.
For all you art lovers, or those of you who may think the arts aren’t your desired type of talent or entertainment, I strongly suggest taking your college up on at least one of it’s many provided opportunities and try out a painting club or a ceramics class. If it doesn’t bring you the same sense of tranquility and inspiration that it does me, then at least it may provide you with some new interesting friends!
Art allows you to explore your college city as well. Go to museums, galleries, and art venues or shows to share in the culture of your new city and talents of your community! One of my favorite sayings I have picked up on in college is “Don’t knock it till you try it”. For me, entertainment has been the most influential field for personal discovery, and I really only began to explore this in college. So don’t be afraid to gain many random skills, hobbies, and friends on your search for your passions!
(Photo by Roger Mommaerts under Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0)