Going to college is a daunting adventure. It will be the best time of your life, but also the most confusing. We’re supposed to have it all figured out when we finally leave home. The truth is that most of us still don’t have a clue. That’s the best part. At college you’ll meet hundreds of people just trying to figure life out. We all worry if we’ve chosen the right degree, or gone to the right school. The important thing to remember is to enjoy it.
At the end of college, you may find yourself wondering what to do with your degree. Although the qualification is important, only about 20% of your learning will come from your classes. Everything else is life experience. Meeting new people, working out how to live away from home and finding yourself. These are the most valuable things you’ll learn during your time at college. Of course, don’t neglect the degree! It is very important and we’ve got some advice for that too. Here’s our complete guide to making the most of every minute at college.
They say that the friends you make at college stay with you for the rest of your life. College is the easiest time for making friends that you will ever have. You’ll never have the opportunity again to meet so many people and get to know them. So use it well. Remember, when you arrive, no one knows each other. Everyone’s in the same boat and everyone’s looking for a friend. Don’t be afraid to spark up a conversation. Social skills are a vital part to your future career and life. College is the best place to develop these.
Tailor your degree
Unless you’re studying medicine or dentistry, your degree doesn’t always have a direct career path. If that’s the case, use your options to diversify and make sure you stand out when you graduate. Don’t be afraid to make a big change if you’re heading down the wrong path. Minor in a foreign language for example. No matter what your degree, a second language looks great to employers. Use your options to explore the areas that you love. You’ll get the best grades by pursuing what you enjoy. Use that your advantage when choosing modules.
When you graduate, employers are looking for more than simply a degree. They are looking for your personality. Are you passionate about something? Are you self-starting and initiative led? You can show this by organising extra curricular clubs. Join an existing one or start your own! It’s also the best way to meet like-minded people and grow your circle of friends.
Get a job
Even if you don’t need the money, a part time job is another great way to stand out. I don’t mean work in the local bar, try and find something that relates to your degree. Even better, something related to the job you want when you leave. Volunteering is a really great way to stand out too. Most graduates start looking for jobs without any experience at all. Get a little head start with some relevant work experience.
Remember, the degree isn’t everything. You should still put your heart and soul into learning, but don’t neglect everything around you. Make friends, make new memories and gain invaluable life experiences.