Reflecting on My College Experience at NDSU

As I am nearing the end of my college career, I thought I would be more stoked about getting that 4.0 GPA I worked SO hard for. All the worries before a test and the hours spent making sure I understood the material. However, the thing I am most thankful for is the people and experiences I had while at NDSU. I met incredible friends, thoughtful professors, and caring employers.

I was unbelievably lucky to have met some incredible professors who taught me about motivation, patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, and more. I met some friends who helped me evolve into a better person by becoming more passionate, empathetic, strong, and caring. I was able to work for employers who taught me the importance of great company culture, doing things that are way out of my comfort zone to challenge me (thanks to Scott Meyer for that one), and seeing the value in coworkers. 

I have grown so incredibly much throughout my college career and know that 4 years ago, I would have NEVER thought I would be where I am today. I would have never guessed that I would be so confident in my skills, growing my blog and YouTube, writing articles that are being featured in Fargo Monthly, or recording podcast episodes for a series I created. I have to thank NDSU for providing me with so many opportunities, relationships, and a large networking circle. 

There are a few things that I feel really monumental in my college career that shaped my life!

  1. Living in the dorms was a huge hit for me. I met some really great friends that way but I also learned how to communicate with others, live with strangers and turn them into friends, and create super fun memories! I lot of my favorite college memories are from freshman year! I think that it can bring a lot of challenges since it’s a whole new environment, new obstacles, and finding your independence away from home.

2. I took job(s)! I changed up my employment and added employments! My first year I immediately applied for a job on campus because my mom said doing that was the best option and she was really right! I applied as a receptionist at the English Department and worked there all four years! I learned how company culture can create such an incredible job! The people I worked for there were some of the best people I ever met. Not long after I wanted another job! So, I applied for a Peer Mentor job where I would help students in TRIO find the best experiences in college, give them professor/studying advice, and more! It was super nice to feel like a “big sister” again. Not long after that I blindly said yes to a job at The Nice Center where I was challenged out of my comfort zone BEYOND belief. This was the absolute best decision I ever made. That job has given me so much confidence, skills, and networks. It helped me land a feature in a magazine, start writing for a huge organization, and more. Every single one of my jobs in college shaped me in different ways and I think without them, I don’t even know where I would be today.

3. I took electives that helped me but also that I found interesting! These electives weren’t necessarily helping me in my specific career path BUT it did help challenge me in different areas which I was grateful for. I took a Women and Genders Studies course and even though it wasn’t necessarily related to Marketing but it did get me thinking about things I wasn’t super knowledgable about and knowledge is power!

Truthfully I could go on and on about specific instances but these are definitely at the top! I realize not everyone’s college experience is great but I think there are some things you can do to make it better for you! College can be such a life-changing chapter and I will forever be grateful for it!


Emily Avdem

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