Tonawanda News — The things I lean on from my time in college are far less tangible. I remember the late nights in our student newspaper office, eyes red-rimmed from a lack of sleep, staring into a computer monitor or trying to focus on the last 30 pages of the book I had to read for class the next morning. I remember wanting desperately to sleep but instead I pushed through, did the work and felt better for it.
I remember the experience gained leading a college paper, figuring out how to motivate people who were just as tired and cranky as me, willing them to get their work done on time. I remember what it was like when our meager paychecks were withheld because our advertising revenue was in the tank and how I had to squash a small rebellion in the basement of the student center when I told everyone they weren't going to get their $40 that Friday.
I remember waiting tables four nights a week after school to help pay the bills, stressing out about how there weren't enough hours in the day to get everything done.
I learned how to work under professors I disliked who were arrogant or unreasonably demanding — good practice for life in a professional setting both in dealing with unruly bosses or as an example of what not to be when you get to be the boss.
I learned how to work with people I didn't know or care to know. There were lots of team projects along the way and figuring how you fit into a group, what you bring, how much, if at all, you should rely on others is important. There are always underachievers and group leaders. Knowing how not to be the former and how to become the latter is an incredibly valuable life skill that will make you more money if you master it.