The school year is almost over which means it is graduation time. Here are five tips for you recent grads entering college:
- Play hard, but study harder – You are young, you are free from your parents for, perhaps, the first time in your life. You do not have any adult responsibilities…yet. Enjoy this time. Stay up late partying with friends. Go on spring break. You only have four years…make them count. However, you are at college to get an education and prepare yourself for the real world. Flunk out of college? Good luck getting a high paying job. Get crappy grades? Good luck getting into grad school. So, play hard, but study harder.
- Figure out what you want to do – I get it, no one wants to take an 8 am class on Friday, but, if there is a class that really interests you, it is worth it. Once you get to college, you have to pick a major. Your major determines your career. Your career impacts the rest of your life. How are you supposed to pick the right major though? You’ve worked as a babysitter all through high school or maybe you flipped burgers at the fast food place in town. You don’t know what you want to do for the rest of your life based on those experiences. Or maybe you do, everyone has interests. However, unless you’ve worked in the field, how do you know what it’s really like? I always wanted to be an attorney. However, actually being an attorney is NOTHING like what I thought it would be. So, use college as an opportunity to educate yourself. Take classes that interest you. Change majors if you have to and change your major as many times as you need to. Intern, volunteer, talk to people. Find out what you want to do for the rest of your life because while a career change is always possible at any stage in life, it is easier said than done, and it always comes at a price.
- Be yourself – No matter what you are in to, there is a friend for you in college and you won’t have to be fake to find them.
- Put yourself out there – If you’re moving into the dorms, keep your door open. This encourages people to pop in and introduce themselves. If you see someone on your hall with their door open, pop your head in and introduce yourself. Ask them if they want to get dinner at the cafeteria. Participate in things even if you think they’re cheesy. Once you have found your friends, skip whatever you want to skip, but until then…participate. Keep putting yourself out there because the more people you meet, the more chances you’ll have to find those forever friends.
- Find the library immediately – You should be spending lots of time here, your workload will require it. However, the good news is, there is plenty of socializing in the library. Everyone needs to do research. Everyone needs to print. Everyone needs to study without their roommate constantly interrupting them. Go to the library. Go often. You will meet new people AND get some studying in. It’s win, win.
BONUS: Beware of the jungle juice.
So, there you have it, my top five tips for the recent high school grad entering college. Any other advise you would give?