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After someone achieves something great, a tempting mindset to take is to assume that he has “arrived,” thus abandoning his regiment of self-improvement by which he accomplished the worthwhile thing in the first place.
The same is true with learning.
Upon college graduation, many graduates will abandon the regimented learning that they have been following for nearly two decades.
This is such a waste. Learning is a lifelong pursuit and ought to be recognized as such.
After you’ve just graduated college with around 17 years of education under your belt, it’s time to climb down off that pedestal and realize that learning doesn’t simply stop once you have that degree in your hand.
Granted, undergraduate degrees do give you some foundational knowledge in the area of your major, they really signify that you now know how to learn.
I often heard people in my graduating high school class who chose not to continue on to higher education rationalize their not going to college because they were over school.
As if life wasn’t the hardest professor you’ve ever met.
You will end up learning life’s lessons one way or another.
Embracing a lifetime of learning rather than resisting the lessons could make it a whole lot easier on yourself.
No one can know everything all at once, it is impossible.
No matter where your professional career takes you, there will always be a learning curve.
For examples, suppose your lifelong ambitions steer you towards a roadside McDonald’s somewhere in upstate Nebraska, for instance, you will still have to learn how to not burn the fries. Don’t get discouraged, it took me a few fries too. Wait, I mean tries.
Even after you leave college, you still don’t know everything.
Gathering on-the-job experience will prove to be far more valuable in the long run to your success than a college degree, most of the time.
In effect, the learning that comes after college is even more important than the learning in college.
That is not to discount college as a necessary stepping stone for most professions.
Embracing a lifetime of learning is not easy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing.
Sometimes the hardest things in life become the most rewarding accomplishments.
The idea that you can somehow avoid learning is absurd.
Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that you’ve arrived at your full learning potential simply because you are graduating college.
Remember, learn something new every day, embrace life’s lessons, and don’t forget what the buzzer on the deep fryer means, if you’re ever in Nebraska.
Congratulations, you have not arrived.
Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter
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Linfield’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity prides itself on members being dedicated to community service at Linfield, as well as off campus. That’s why members were excited when their alumni advisor gave them the opportunity to volunteer at Wild Horse Youth Camp, a Young Life camp in Antelope, Ore., at the end of February.
More than 20 members of the fraternity were able to volunteer and help with everything from sound operations for bands playing at the camp, to serving kids food for breakfast and lunch.
“[Community service] is something that Kappa Sigma Fraternity has always been passionate about,” said junior Sid Jensen, president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity is also dedicated to getting others at Linfield involved with community service. They’ve teamed up with Linfield’s Video Game Club to raise money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and they also encourage other Greek Life members to join them.
“We want to encourage the other fraternities to get more involved [too],” freshman Tom Steelhammer said.
Volunteering at the Special Olympics is another activity Kappa Sigma Fraternity is dedicated to, participating every year as a fraternity. Kappa Sigma Fraternity completes community service every Saturday as a fraternity, and it typically has too many members volunteering for the work that needs to be done that day.
“It really drew me to Kappa Sigma Fraternity that they were dedicated to not only the college, but the surrounding community as well,” Steelhammer said. “It made it seem like a more valuable experience being a brother of Kappa Sigma.”
Volunteering together is something that members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity usually enjoy doing, as it provides a bonding experience that brings members closer together, Steelhammer said.
Although it is required for members to complete at least 25 hours of community service per semester, it’s common for members to go beyond those hours every semester, Jensen said.
On April 21, Kappa Sigma Fraternity plans on completing a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Autism Society of Oregon at Oaks Park in Portland, Ore.
“I think it’s a really good thing for people to know that fraternities, in general do good things like this,” Jensen said.
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