College years can go by fast, make sure you spend your time wisely!
Check out as many clubs and organizations as you can (especially if you’re at a big school)
Clubs, Greek life, and organizations are a great way to get involved on campus and meet some really cool, like-minded people. Some of the friends you make in college will last a lifetime and being able to share a common initiative, whether it be a professional club or intramural sports, can help solidify that. Big schools can be daunting but clubs and different organizations can help make a big school feel smaller.
Always keep an open mind
Schools and universities are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities, and beliefs. Making friends and meeting new people can show you different ways of life which can help you with your own shortcomings. You never want to turn down an opportunity that will provide you with new and exciting experiences. Whether it be trying out new foods, taking a music class, or even joining a community service club, there’ll always be something new and interesting to do and it never hurts to have a cool new experience under your belt.
Find a place to study (not your dorm!)
There are tons of places on campus to study and your dorm should not be the only one. Take advantage of what your school has to offer and try finding a nice place that will help you maximize your study time. Your dorm will have tempting distractions like electronics, your roommate, and especially your bed. Maybe find a lounge, a small classroom, or even a library table. A quiet place to study with no distractions is ideal and can make a huge difference in your work.
If having trouble with school or life, seek help
The college experience can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you’re away from home and have to juggle school and your personal life. If a problem ever occurs where you think you might be falling behind on schoolwork or finding it difficult to deal with certain stressful situations, don’t hesitate to reach out to your university services. Your college or university will have resources for you to utilize and finding a tutor or counselor is easier than most think. Waiting for too long will only prolong a problem and your school will be more than happy to help.
Your four years of college will be full of different opportunities, struggles, and excitement so expect the unexpected. The years go by more quickly than you think and soon enough you’ll be in a cap and gown. You don’t want to look back on your college experience and have regrets about things you could have done. You should want to get a better understanding of yourself and what things do or don’t work for you like studying alone or with a group, or even working out before your classes or after. College is a learning experience and by learning more about yourself and using some of these tips, you can definitely take advantage of your time at school.
WRITTEN BY Brandon Moon Rutgers University
Brandon is a Junior at Rutgers University majoring in Economics and is a Student Ambassador for Macmillan Learning. He’s very interested in fashion, music, sports, culture, food, and especially sandwiches. He used to work in the food industry and knows how to craft a mean sandwich.