Wow it’s already August! The summer seems like it flew by. While I no longer have to worry about school (for now at least), I know many people are getting prepared to return to classes for the fall.
I remember being anxious yet excited when I was a rising freshman in college. Prior to move in, I scoured the Internet looking for articles and videos about what I should expect, what I’m supposed to bring, how I’m going to meet people, etc. With that being said, I’ve decided to do a short series of posts dedicated to college! It’ll be more geared to anyone who’s in college, but hey, anyone can read it! Some posts might not be 100% pertaining to college as well.
For this first post, I wanted to share the things that I believe can help you excel and have a great time in college. Luckily, I really, really wanted to have a good time in college, so I learned about all of these tips that can hopefully help you have a wonderful time too!
- Be yourself. Especially since this is likely to be your first time on your own, it can be tempting to follow your roommate/classmates/old friends. Don’t let this stop you from doing what you want to do! Being yourself will allow you to get the most out of college.
- Join a club/organization. Clubs and organizations were the easiest way for me to meet people and make friends. Plus, they give you meetings/practices/events to look forward to every week! These also have the potential to help you network and gain experience in your field.
- Try new things. College is a new experience, but don’t let that be the only new thing you’re doing! Try a new hobby, join a new club, do something you never did. I even made a college bucket list to guide me when I was a freshman.
- Go to class. There’s not going to be anyone telling you what to do, and it can be very tempting to skip class. While sure, it’s okay to skip class once in a while, it’s also important to go to class as much as you can. You’re paying for it after all, so you might as well go. Plus, classes are a great opportunity to meet people in your major.
- Get to know your professors. Many jobs require references, so if you can get close to a few professors, you’ll have some people who can be your references. Plus, professors can be neat people who have a lot of knowledge and experience that they can share with you.
- Study what you’re passionate about. Many people might not consider arts degrees as highly as science degrees (or people might put pressure on you to go into arts when you love science) but you know what? Who cares what others think, study what you are passionate about! It can be just as difficult searching for a job you’re not passionate about than a job you love and are willing to work harder for.
- Explore your college town. While some people stay in the same town after they graduate, many people end up leaving. You might as well explore and experience your college town while you can! It will definitely give you plenty of memories to look back on.
- Get an internship. This is one thing I regret about not doing throughout college. Although they don’t guarantee a job after graduation, internships allow you to see what you like and dislike about a job and can give you connections/experience for future endeavors.
- Visit your family. It’s easy to get wrapped up in college, but you should remember to visit/keep in contact with your family and friends as well. I’m a fairly family-oriented person, so I made sure to text/call my parents often and visit for holidays when I was able to.
- Make the most of any services your college offers. My college had plenty of services offered to students such as career advice, counseling, tutoring, a writing center, technology help, gym, etc. I would recommend finding out what your college offers and using these places while you can!
- Keep a journal. Take lots of pictures. Blog. Scrapbook. /you’ll go through a lot in college, so it’ll be nice to be able to look back on your college life.
If you have any recommendations for this college series, let me know! I’m also happy to answer any questions.
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