College is often known to be the best time in a person's life. But as we all know, it is not because of the classes, tests, and papers. While schoolwork can oftentimes seem to take over your life, it's important to enjoy these four years and truly turn them into a time you can look back on fondly. Here are a few tips I have found to be useful to help make the most out of the college experience.
1. Take classes that interest you.
The most important aspect of college is your education. Taking classes that interest you will help make going to class and spending hours studying easier and more enjoyable.
If you do not enjoy the classes you are currently in, consider switching majors. It can be a scary thought, especially if you've always had one specific plan for your future, but sometimes when we make those goals for ourselves, we have not yet realized our true passions. College is the time to explore those passions, and when you find one, it is important to pursue it wholeheartedly.
2. Meet new people.
College is the ideal place to meet new people. Mostly everybody around you is your age and is pursuing his or her education. Even though everyone shares these things in common, the diversity among students is what really makes things interesting. Make your time in college enjoyable by meeting people from all backgrounds, who have different interests from your own, and who have different beliefs than you. You might meet a new best friend, or maybe not, but putting yourself out there to learn about others will make you a better person in the end.
Your peers are not the only important people to meet in college, however. Meeting your professors is an equally important networking skill. Not only can meeting your professors help you improve your grades, but more importantly, it can help you in the future. Letters of recommendation are a requirement for professional schools and many other programs post-undergrad. Meeting your professors and taking the time to get to know a few of them well can also benefit your future aspirations.
3. Take advantage of your school's resources.
From gyms to career counselors, to therapists, study abroad programs, and much more, schools have lots of perks to offer their students. But unfortunately, not many students take advantage of these.
Not sure what you want to do with your life after college? Visit your college's career center. At my school, they offer free tests, information and counseling for students - and what college student doesn't love free stuff? Want to get in shape but can't afford a fancy gym membership? Take advantage of the fitness classes or facilities offered at your school - you'll save money AND get healthier.
Schools provide these services to help their students grow and thrive - whether physically, mentally, psychologically, or emotionally. So why not use them to your advantage?
4. Find people who are passionate about your passions.
With tons of people around who are the same age, you are bound to find people who have similar interests in college. From clubs and volunteer groups to sport teams and sororities, there is an activity for everyone. At my school, we have a photography club, fashion club, dance teams, student activity organizations, volunteer groups, and even a Quidditch team!
The point is, no matter what you are interested in, there is no better place than college to get involved. Aside from the endless amount of possibilities, college marks one of the last times in many people's lives when they will have the ability to fully commit to an activity because joining the workforce. So while you still have the chance, find something that you are passionate about, find other people with the same passion, and pursue it. These activities add meaning to your college experience that education alone can never fulfill.
5. Step off campus.
With classes, internships, work, and volunteering, college life can get very busy. But when we get busy, it is easy to forget to enjoy the places around us. Whether your school is near the beach, in a major metropolitan city, or in a quiet college town, it is important to embrace the places and activities the surrounding area offers while you're there.
Go to a museum, take a hike, visit a popular restaurant, or just hop on public-transit and get lost in the city. Whatever interests you, it is important to embrace the opportunity to explore the city where you go to school because you may never have the chance to live there again. It's all about seizing opportunities and experiencing your surroundings to the fullest.
What do you think?
Do you think this advice was helpful? Do you think you will use it? Do you have any of your own tips on how to make the most out of college? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!