Life Lessons Lost in College

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Published on: March 23, 2012

It’s 5:30 am and my alarm clock may as well be mack truck running over my brain.  As I hurl my alarm across the room (the alarm being my cellphone), I think to myself….

“I so wish I was still in college…I would totally sleep through my 8 am class….”

……..and my brain wanders back into a happy place between ZZZs, that alarm, and being 22 again….for 25 minutes.  Leaving me in a heart-stopping-panic feeling of never-mind-breakfast-get-on-the-road situation.  Ugh.  I hate being a grown-up!

Sound familiar?


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alarm clock, bought from IKEA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I Learned a lot of lessons before I went to College….  

My Mother taught me:

  • How to be responsible.
  • That I could not blame things on my twin sister
      • (I tried, believe me…but it never worked).
  •  To Always commit 100% and follow through until the end.
      • Doing anything 1/2 way is just lazy
  • That time-management skills are important!
  •  That a mid-day nap can prevent insanity

My swim coach taught me:

  • That late was never an option.
      • If you were late, you didn’t swim.  Literally.  In the mornings He would lock the doors to YMCA because of safety reasons.
  • That simply showing up wasn’t enough.
      • Drifting through a practice was a waste of time and it was not tolerated.
  • “Swimming fast is easy, Folks! Do the work. Get the job done!” 

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…….And then I went away to College!…… 

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Where I learned:

  • Sleeping through class is fine – just make it up later.
      • When in doubt, a doctors note will work.
  • Procrastination is the only way to really write papers.
  • In classes like P.Chem, D is for Diploma!
      • Showing up to class is enough to get a passing grade.
  • You can cover-up a poorly completed assignment with fancy language!
  • As long as you “try,” you’ve worked hard enough.


What is that classic phrase?  ”Just give it the good-’ole college try!”?

Ever notice that when you “try” to do something…. it usually never gets done?


To be clear, I am not against higher education.  I hold an undergraduate degree and  two graduate degrees.  However, not all of life’s important lessons take place in a classroom.   I never received an “A+” after completing a workout set, but I love that sense of accomplishment!  I never “flunked” a test on taking a nap, but I think my mom was onto something with that who sanity thing…

I learned the most important life lessons from my Mom and my Swim Coach.  What about you?


Keep on Swimming,

Coach Meg

 Life Lessons Lost in College

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Coach Meg Murphy

Coach Meg Murphy

Physics. Physical Conditioning. Psychological Fitness. Fun.

Learning to love and respect the water is an invaluable gift.  

Learning to care for one's physical health and well-being is the gift of a lifetime.  

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