Ways to Get the Most Out of Your College Experience
The pressure that comes with being a College student are hectic and crazy. Whether it be keeping up with busy schedules, juggling work, finding time to complete all of your assignments, or even getting through that boring class that you absolutely despise on your required list of to-do’s. But lets face it – no matter how emotionally and physically drained you may feel, nothing beats the rewards that come with making the most out of your experience. So how can you get the best and absolute most out of your time in College before you set out to conquer the big, bad world?
Network, Network, Network:
It’s important to remember that College is much more than just keeping your nose stuck in text books or drowning in work. Finding time to be social is not only a good break for your overworked brain, it’s a way for you to expand your professional relationships with people and could pave the way for career opportunities when you finish up with school. Connect with fellow classmates, join a study group, take advantage of part-time job opportunities or internships, get a LinkedIn, or heck – check out a sorority or fraternity if that’s your thing. Just get out of your bubble!
Make Time for New Friendships:
Often times it is very easy to let all the necessary parts of student life completely consume you – so don’t isolate yourself, and make new friends! While you’re networking and making connections, allow yourself the time to form new friendships. With all the craziness that comes with the territory, having people who understand and are experiencing it all with you is a very positive thing. Nothing beats having that buddy to vent to about how your day was, or to have a laugh with over how your professor is always 14 minutes late every single day without fail.
Meet with Professors:
Your years in college can give you exposure to some of the most brilliant minds you will ever meet in your entire life. You just never know when you will meet someone who not only fuels your passion, but can offer you advice and direction on how to get to the place where you want to be in life. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with your professor, or even go introduce yourself to someone who you aren’t even taking a class with yet. They live to educate and shape minds to their full potential, so take advantage!
Work on Your Public Speaking Skills:
No one wants to admit it, but public speaking is something everyone struggles with at first. If you’re anything like me, it is very scary and nerve-wracking to speak in front of a crowd, and it can cause a lot of anxiety. Which is why college is the perfect way to get some practice in! One day you may have to speak in front of your peers or coworkers during demonstrations or meetings, or may have to talk one-on-one with that intimidating CEO in your company. So whether it’s just in your class, or if you even want to take on a speech class to get you to where you want to be in that regard, use the experience and the time that you have while in school to improve your confidence and skills in public speaking!
Never Stop Being Passionate:
College is a great time to fuel your passions and discover new ones. Unlike high school, this is a time in your life where you get to be your own person and get to know yourself a bit more without the restrictions or rules that come from high school’s or even living at home with your parents. Sure, you have to commit necessary time for required classes you need to take so that you can progress towards a career, but it’s important to remember to fuel your fire. Whether you like to exercise, have an artistic mind, explore your interests in music, or discovered that you have affinities for gardening – let college be the time to find yourself, and never stop discovering what makes you happy.
Know Where to Ask for Help:
Whether it be advice or guidance, it’s important to always ask for help when you need it. School is a place where people want you to be as successful as possible, so take advantage of any services they offer to students. Whether that be tutoring programs, information on financial aid, help from your professor or advisor, or even help from that cool TA – let people help you along on your education path. These resources and people can help you stay on track, and help you to familiarize yourself with every program in between that can make your life easier.