I was reading an article on Forbes that inspired me to reflect on the last 3 years of my college experience. I felt compelled to create a quick, three-video series on my YouTube channel in order to remind students of some things I felt were very important throughout each year of college.
Here’s my comprehensive list of 15 tips for college students, from a seniors perspective.
- You are not alone. It can feel lonely moving away from home and being out of your comfort zone, but everyone is in the same situation. It’s just a part of the process.
- Join a larger group. This will help you connect with others on campus in an environment for people with common interests. It will make school seem less big and scary.
- It’s OK to change your major. Changing your major should never be seen as a failure.
- Get LinkedIn. Your professional networking journey starts now. Trust me.
- Don’t spend all of your time in one place. Try new things and manage your time so that you are involved in a lot and also making time for yourself (and school, of course.)
- Start building good life habits. College isn’t just about good grades and a social life. Use these four years to better yourself and prepare for adulthood.
- It’s OK to let go of people. Not everyone will have the same goals and ideas as you. It’s great to have acquaintances and networking connections, but start choosing your crew carefully.
- Make an awesome resume – way ahead of time. Here’s why.
- Don’t be intimidated by online classes. There are so many different structures and platforms for online learning. This is the future of education. Get onboard!
- Surround yourself with people who have the same values as you. Having people in your life whom are on the same page as you will help build your confidence.
- Get a part-time job and/or internship, and use it as a trial-run for post-grad life.
- Focus on your grades junior & senior year. These will likely be the classes that affect your graduation status. Plus, you will learn way more in upper level classes, so take it all in.
- Think about your finances – like opening a ROTH IRA and credit card.
- Network and brand yourself. Help employers and connections see you for your true awesomeness.
- Take advantage of campus and college resources. You only have four years to enjoy the benefits of college tuition perks. Use them wisely.