Obviously, your first priority as a college student is to get your degree. However, college is so much more than simply focusing solely on your major and/or minor. Now is the time to take advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer.
Here are five things every college student should do before graduating:
Get an internship or job
Work experience alone is a huge asset to have in the postgraduate world.
Getting out there and exploring potential job or career options will help you figure out what you want to do with your degree after you graduate, plus it’s something you can put on your resume in the future and develop contacts as you look for jobs.
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to gain this kind of real-world experience.
Take an accounting or economics class
Many college students don’t have the luxury of asking a parent for help with finances or how to manage their money.
Taking an elective class in the economics or accounting departments will help you learn how to handle your money and plan for your future.
Live on campus
Many schools require freshmen to live on campus anyways, but for everyone else, it is strongly recommended.
Not only is this the first time most students will spend a significant period of time away from their family, it’s also the first time they will spend a lot of time in close, regular contact with a complete stranger.
That sounds very intimidating and scary, but it’s a good way to learn to interact with others, and usually with someone who comes from a different background.
Plus, your roommates are often a good way to meet new people you might otherwise never know and develop lifelong friendships.
You don’t have to leave the country, or even necessarily the state, but everyone should at least try to get a little taste of the world.
Going to another country is a big culture shock, and seeing how other people live and interact in a place you haven’t been to before is a wonderful experience, even if it’s just for a week or two.
Not everyone can afford to travel abroad, of course, but going to different states or cities can be eye-opening, too. Travel to New York, or head out to California, or go to Texas, or visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
All of these are incredible experiences that will add to your overall college experience.
College is something of a stop between childhood and adulthood, where you’re learning how to be an adult but without many of the responsibilities. Enjoy your time there, make friends, have experiences, and explore the world.
Enjoy your time there, make friends, have experiences, and explore the world.
College provides all of these opportunities, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of as many of them as possible.