In college, everything was a big deal. Studying for a final, big deal. Trying to find plans for the weekend, bigger deal. Struggling to pay attention in class, biggest deal. The scope of our lives appeared to exist between campus and home, unknowingly overlooking the rest of the world. That was just college life, a bit of a mixture between self-absorbed and self-discovery. We also complained a lot. Working at a university, I see that now, and it’s awful.
It’s only after you’ve been in the ‘real world’ a while that you realize the perspective has changed. There are more people out there than the ones at school. There are other things to do in your free time than homework and studying. There are simply more things going on in the world. There’s a bigger picture, a glass half full, and a bunch of other clichéd phrases that describe your new found insight.
You’ve got a lifetime of knowledge at your disposal. Personally, I use it to tell college kids to ‘stop whining’ (arnold voice). But, to each their own.