Why It Is Okay to Make Mistakes in College and How to Learn from Them


    In the journey through higher education, mistakes are unavoidable. Making mistakes in college might feel embarrassing or frustrating, but it is actually a good thing. They are crucial for both personal and academic development. Here is why it is okay to make mistakes in college and how you may learn from them to improve.

  1. It is normal. Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. It is a natural part of learning and growing up to become an adult, so don’t be too hard on yourself when things go wrong. Just take it as a chance to learn and do better next time.
  2. You learn to be better. Learning from mistakes is super important because sometimes, when you make a mistake, you actually learn more than if everything went perfectly the first time. When things don’t go as planned, it gives you a chance to figure out what went wrong and how to make it right. And here is the cool part: when you figure out how to fix it, you’re more likely to remember it next time. So, making mistakes isn’t just ‘okay’, it is a really good way to learn.
  3. It makes you stronger. When you face mistakes, it is like doing exercises for your brain. Dealing with these hiccups helps you become tougher. It is like when you lift weights to make your muscles stronger. Well, dealing with mistakes makes your problem-solving skills sharper. So, when things don't work out, you could be better prepared to handle them next time.
  4. You find your own way. College is a time to figure out what you want to do with your life and who you really are. Making mistakes along the way is actually a good thing. It helps you learn what you are good at and what you need to work on. 
  5. You get creative. When things go wrong, it is like a spark for your imagination. It is a chance to think in new ways. You know, like when you draw and try to mix color to come up with a new one? That's when you start to think creatively and come up with new ways to finish the project. 

    So, don't worry if you make mistakes while in college. Remember, making mistakes is just a part of your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. Don't over-stress yourself over the times when things don't go your way. What matters most is how you rise back up and continue on your journey toward success.


Garcia, L., & Patel, R. (2024). The Power of Learning from Mistakes: Insights from College Students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 40(3), 201-215.

Davis, K., & Adams, S. (2024). Embracing Mistakes: Understanding the Role of Errors in College Learning. Journal of Student Development, 42(3), 115-128

Writer : Monica Devina Purbaningtyas

Editor : Nailabila Salgrisia Ayoumi