Life Lessons

By MARIA CARTER

Staff Writer

It is finally my turn to turn to the next chapter in my life. It’s been such a blessing to attend such an amazing school like Piedmont.

I know many of you complain about the rules and that there’s nothing to do, but it’s really what you make of it.

From the beginning of college, I’ve always known that it would come to the point where it would end, just as all things do.

To summarize all of the specific articles that I’ve written and shared I will say this now:

Love as much as you can. It’s so wonderful to be a part of something beautiful and to be surrounded by beautiful people as well. 

Work hard no matter what. There are times when everything seems hopeless and no matter how hard you work, it doesn’t do anything for you. It will work out eventually. 

If you are able to persevere and be in the right place at the right time, good things will come to you.

Be the bigger person. 

There are going to be people who don’t like you because you may have different beliefs or you simply don’t get along. There is no reason to get in someone’s face when they don’t mean anything to you.

Be yourself.

You are who you are. Don’t change for anyone. 

If someone can’t accept you for who you are, then they shouldn’t be in your life. 

I’ve always been someone who was so worried about making others happy. It got to the point where I wasn’t making myself happy. 

When I finally realized what change I had to make, I felt like I was free. It’s worth it to be exactly who you are.

My last piece of advice would be to follow your dreams. We always hear, “You can do whatever you put your mind to.” This is true. 

We have so much life left to live and so much to learn from it that I think it’s time to make those dreams and chase them. Reach for the stars and don’t let anybody stop you. 

You are special and there’s only one person like you in the world.

I would like to say thank you to all the people that I’ve met here in the last four years. It’s been a journey that I’ve enjoyed sharing with you. Well, most of you. 

I wish you all the best and hope we cross paths in the future. Don’t forget to take chances, go on adventures and live the life that God has blessed you with. It’s worth it.