College gives students a vast array of educational experiences, but not just textbook education. The most important things I have learned while in college, aside from educational knowledge, include the ability to prioritize, whether it be completing homework in a more timely fashion, or prioritizing family issues above attending class.
I have also affirmed my deeply-held belief that communication is the key to any successful relationship, friendship, acquaintanceship, or interaction with another person. Keeping in touch about personal events and circumstances is important to succeed in school, and outside of school, too - it is respectful, and prevents miscommunication.
College has also taught me that the ability to meet others and make long lasting friendships surrounds me on a daily basis - in class, at work, on campus, or anywhere - being friendly is very important. Compassion is the key to successfully understanding other people and working through differences.
Over all I believe the biggest lesson that the college thought me besides the academic expertise is the value of human relationships, trusts, collaborations, working together, working in a diversified domain, trying to work one's way to the top by managing all the resources and removing all the impediments. I have learned this in college by working on group projects, living with four other roommates and working on student groups such as the Student Government Association.
When I first left for college it opened up a plethora of opportunities for me to experience as I embark upon the journey to adulthood. I always thought what better way to prepare for the "real world" than getting involved in campus activities? People becoming a part of their local community I believe is extremely beneficial for many reasons. For starters, it helped me learn and grow in a diverse setting where you can venture out and explore new avenues in a "safe" environment.