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5 lessons in 5 years - What I've learned during my time at university

A few weeks ago, I closed the chapter on what has been a very long journey to get my 2 bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology. These 5ยฝ years have been the hardest years of my life. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“

I came to university when I had just turned 17 and now I'm 22. From a teenager to a young adult, I have learned so much and grown in ways I would never have imagined.

Like so many students, I even changed career paths in my 3rd year from wanting to be a doctor to now pursuing technology consulting where I hope to work in the digital transformation space to help revolutionize health technology. ๐Ÿฉบ

If you watched my TEDx talk you'll know that (traditional) school isn't my favourite thing in the world. But still I have learned so so much and so here are the 5 (and a half) things I learned in 5 (and a half years) ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ 1st year: You experience 15 million things a day and you can only control about 100 of those things. Focus on what you can control.

โฑ 2nd year: Doing things unconventionally doesn't make it any less relevant or significant. Be proud of the effort you put into everything you do!

๐Ÿงณ 3rd year: Change is scary but it's even scarier to stick to something that isn't working for you. And while it may be slightly uncomfortable stepping outside of your comfort zone at the start - your future self will thank you!

๐ŸŽข 4th year: 'Failure' isn't final. Buckle up baby we've just reached the intermission!

๐Ÿ”‰ 5th year: Not every opinion needs to be taken to heart, and not every critique needs to be heard. Have a small subset of people whose opinions you value and trust - everything else is just noise.

๐Ÿ’Œ (and a half ๐Ÿ˜‰): You don't need anyone's permission to be happy. You don't need anyone's permission to thrive. And you definitely don't need anyone's approval to love yourself exactly as you are!

If I were to say one more major thing I've learned, it would be that everything will happen exactly as it should. โœˆ๏ธ

I couldn't be more excited for all that's too come, but for now I'll be taking the next few months off to relax and finally live life without any assignments due or midterms to study for ๐Ÿ˜‚


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