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The Unseen Curriculum of University Life

Having just attended my youngest daughter’s University graduation last week, it has left me thinking about how University is so much more than just academics, and yet with the wisdom of my 50+ years, I also now see what our education system misses. University is undoubtedly a transformative period in our lives, often seen as the bridge between adolescence and adulthood. While the academic coursework is pivotal, providing specialized knowledge in various fields, the university experience encompasses so much more than just the subjects we study. It is a time when we begin to develop essential life skills, take responsibility for our health and well-being, and learn to navigate the complexities of independent living.

The Unseen Curriculum of University Life

Developing Life Skills

Living away from home for the first time, university students learn to cook, clean, and manage their finances. These tasks, though seemingly mundane, are crucial for fostering a sense of responsibility and independence. Moreover, the university environment encourages students to advocate for themselves, whether it’s negotiating with roommates, seeking help from professors, or accessing campus resources.

Building Lifelong Friendships

University is also a time for building lifelong friendships. The bonds formed during these years often stem from shared experiences, both academic and personal. These relationships are invaluable, providing support, companionship, and a network that extends beyond graduation.

Transitioning to Adult Independence

The transition from teen dependency to adult independence is a significant part of the university experience. It involves not only managing day-to-day responsibilities but also making critical decisions about our future careers, relationships, and personal goals. This journey requires a balance of autonomy and guidance, as we learn to stand on our own while still relying on the support systems around us.

And Yet There Is Very Little Education About Our Unconscious Mind

Despite the extensive learning that takes place during our formative years, there is one crucial area that is often overlooked in traditional education: the power of our unconscious mind. We are rarely introduced to the idea that our thoughts significantly impact our emotions and behaviors, which in turn shape the results we achieve in life.

I learned more about this in an eight-day Mind-Body Practitioner training course than I ever did during my years at school or university. While I value my academic education, I can’t help but wonder how different my life might have been if I had been exposed to these concepts in my teens or twenties instead of my fifties.

Understanding and Harnessing the Unconscious Mind

The unconscious mind is incredibly powerful. It houses our memories, beliefs, and automatic responses. Negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, often rooted in childhood experiences, can run on an unconscious program and hold us back. However, the good news is that we can change these patterns quickly, easily, and gracefully.

We can release trauma without even having to talk about it, thanks to techniques that tap into the unconscious mind. When you learn to harness the power of your mind, you gain control over your thoughts, emotions, and actions, enabling you to achieve anything you set your mind to.

A Call for a Broader Education

I wish the power of the unconscious mind was part of our basic education. Understanding how our thoughts influence our lives is a vital skill that can lead to profound personal transformation. While it’s never too late to learn, having this knowledge earlier could make navigating life’s challenges much easier and more fulfilling.


University life is about more than just academic learning; it’s about developing the skills and resilience needed to thrive as an independent adult. However, to truly maximize our potential, we must also learn about the power of our unconscious mind. By doing so, we can overcome limiting beliefs, heal from past traumas, and create the life we desire. It’s time to expand our educational horizons and embrace the full spectrum of learning that prepares us for a successful and fulfilling life. Until it becomes main stream, these trainings are available online, whether it be a “Meet Your Unconscious Mind ~ Healing From Trauma Without Having To Talk About it” free workshop, or a weekend “Designing Your Destiny” course or an 8 Day Mind-Body Practitioner Training (yes the very one that got me started on this path), you have options to choose from as you continue your quest of personal growth and alignment with your purpose.