How to Make the Most out of Your College Experience
1. Join clubs
To tell you the truth, when students are advised to join clubs in college it’s easy to scoff at the idea. Clubs?? Who joins clubs any more? This isn’t high school, I’m in the big leagues now! What can I honestly gain from clubs? We’re here to tell you: A LOT. Clubs are a great way to meet new people who share similar interests. They are a safe haven where you can thrive and flourish. You forge bonds with your fellow club members and become a family. If you still aren’t sold on the idea, clubs are a great space to develop professional and life skills, especially if you pick a an organization that matches your interests. You can learn the power of adaptability, timeliness, organization, helping others etc. If you want to enhance your college experience, join a club!
2. Take classes outside of your major that interest you
To maximize your college experience, try taking a wide variety of classes. College is the perfect time to experiment with different ideas and interests. Want to take a film class, but you’re an accounting major? Go ahead! Taking classes that are not necessarily required, but you’re interested in, makes your time in college way more enjoyable. You will not only enjoy the class, but you will be motivated to exceed as well! If you are still undecided, taking a variety of classes can open you to a world of majors that you didn’t even know existed. You are paying for classes, you might as well enjoy them!
Internships, internships, internships! Sure professors, friends, and parents probably cram this word down your throat, but they do have a point. They are a great way to put all that you’ve learned in class into a real-world setting. You get the needed hands-on experience to further develop skills that are required for your major. We know internships can seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be. You may think that you have to excel at everything during your internship, but no one expects you to be perfect at your job. That is the point of an internship. Think of it more as a learning experience. Internships are also a great way to find mentors! Having a mentor as a support system can be a big help during your time in college. They are probably well established in their field and can give you some valuable advice. So get ready to buckle down and apply for some internships!
4. Study abroad
Have you thought about studying abroad? Studying in a new country is a great way to make the most of the college experience. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and embrace the world around you. You can use this time to travel, learn a new language, and immerse yourself into a new culture! Studying abroad also expands your network — you will have contacts in another part of the world! Where would you like to study?
5. Take part in school events
Campus led events are a fun (and cheap!) way to maximize the college experience! You can attend fairs, listen to guest speakers, and attend a concert all in your backyard. Taking part in school-led events is the perfect arena to make new friends and feel more a part of your campus community. You do not have to be limited to the people in your major or class year. This is a great opportunity to meet new people with a wide range of interest and hobbies that may differ from your own. It is also an excellent way to become more integrated in your school’s culture and truly make it your home. That is the beauty of campus led events. Don’t knock them until you try them!