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Important Life Lessons We Learn In University As Told By Gilmore Girls

As uni students we're constantly learning, but the most important lessons we learn are outside the classroom - and most of them are from Gilmore Girls. As we count down the days to the revival, let's reflect on the important life lessons Gilmore Girls has taught us! By Sunita Singh Hans, Storyteller for RU Student Life

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1. Education is important.


Sometimes when you studied too much in high school you were labelled as a 'nerd' or a 'geek', or in Rory's case a 'Mary'. Then you get to university and realize that you're surrounded by other smarties who will love you for your intellect. Rory Gilmore showed us that sticking to your intuition, pursuing your dreams and being a book nerd gets you to great places. And the girl clearly had her priorities in order.

2. Changing your mind is totally ok.


One of the most realistic storylines that Gilmore Girls portrayed was when Rory changed her life long dream of going to Harvard and chose Yale instead. Just because a dream has always been there doesn't mean it always has to be. We're constantly growing and changing, and we are allowed to change our minds too. Whether it's a life long dream, your major or even a relationship, don't be afraid to walk away from something because it's always been there.

3. Mistakes are a part of life.


Lorelai Gilmore got pregnant at 16 but she still managed to achieve her dreams. It's ok to make mistakes, especially when you're young, but try not to regret them. Appreciate every mistake and look for the best in them, because there is no better way to learn or to grow. As Lorelai says, it's what we do from the lessons we learn that matters most.

4. There is way more to life than relationships.


Rory constantly put her education and her dreams first no matter how much she loved the person she was dating, whether she was turning Jess down to stay at Yale or turning down Logan's proposal to focus on her future. So if you're single, don't worry too much about falling in love, because that could happen eventually. Enjoy right now, go out and explore the world and find out who you are - there's plenty of time to settle down later in life. Instead of settling down, Rory went on to work for Obama, and let's face it, Rory Gilmore is probably the main reason why he became president.


5. Wallowing is important.


Even if you're not going through a break-up, we all have those days where we need to take some time for ourselves and process our emotions. I always associated 'wallowing' with self-love, so when I feel anxious or stressed I take Lorelai's advice and put my own needs first. Sometimes being in college can feel like we're going through a million emotions in a day, so make sure you're taking time for yourself, whether you need to cry or eat masses amount of junk food.

6. Everybody needs somebody.


Adulthood is when you go to the dentist and you don't get a sticker at the end. It's the realization you're just expected to do things and most of the time, you won't get rewarded. It can be liberating and so much fun but it's sucky and tough sometimes, and it is completely acceptable to call your parent or person crying because you don't know how to cook the only food left in your fridge.

7. Coffee is everything.


If there's anything we learned from Gilmore Girls, is that coffee will become your best friend at 7am or in the middle of the night when you need to get through a 24 Hour Dance Marathon - or in our case, a full night spent finishing that essay. Not only will it become your saviour, it will supply you with witty references, fast talking capabilities and basically the solution to all of life's problems.

8. It's ok to not know what's ahead.


A lot of the time in university, people ask us what we want to be when we graduate, and it's puts so much pressure on us that we feel like failures if we don't have it figured out. But here's the thing - nobody has it completely figured out, and that's perfectly fine. Sometimes we don't even know what to have for lunch in the next 2 hours, never mind settling on a career path for the next 4 years.

9. Never be afraid to take chances.

College is the time to explore your passions, push the limits and reach for new experiences. Don't be afraid to reach out to that person you don't have a lot in common with or take up a task that you have no experience in - there's so much to learn from everyone and everything. Allow yourself to open your mind and take new chances, whether it's enrolling in a challenging elective or embarking on a life and death brigade stunt.

10. Cherish your friendships.


Gilmore Girls has taught us many things, but the greatest lesson of all is the importance of keeping female relationships close to your heart. Through university, you will need people to lift you up and you will need to be that driving force for other people. There's nothing quite as empowering as the bond of a female relationship, whether it's between mother and daughter or best friends.

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