Back to school….I can remember it now: the smell of fresh paint on the walls, my awesome Trapper Keeper tucked neatly away in my backpack, and all the #2 pencils I could ever dream of. Cue the Billy Madison song. Wait – that was my first day of kindergarten.
Is the first day of college (for new or returning students) that different? As I got to thinking, I realized that no, they’re not. That’s when I was inspired to write and crowdsource (asked a lot of friends for input) this post. I asked each person for their best advice for college students.
Here’s what they said:
- Don’t take a year off after high school or during your college career. Tough it out or lighten your load. It is 1000x harder to go back and get in the groove.
- You can drop 8AM classes halfway. (nice to know!)
- You have to earn a living eventually.
- Choose student organizations, such as Enactus, that will help you develop your leadership skills.
- You don’t have to know what you want to do for life at age 18! Use your college days to explore!
- Always do the best work you can possibly do and take pride in it. Oh, and have some fun along the way!
- Avoid posting pictures to Facebook that you wouldn’t want employers to see!
- Enjoy every minute and have as much fun as possible.
- Ask questions, network, stay on top of deadlines, contribute to discussions, and have fun!
- Remember you are there to get an education first, but most importantly enjoy it. This will be one of the best times in your life.
- Start using your career center now!
- College is what YOUR experience. It is not your parent’s, friend’s, or anyone else’s. It is what you make it.
And one extra piece of advice: “Instead of worrying about what you want to BE, think about the things you like to DO.”
That’s it. These are just a few little nuggets of advice. Feel free to add more in the comments section.
Now, let’s ask YOU a question: What do you want to know about college and your career?
Special thanks to Ashley Schmidtke, Marie Badger, Cindy Billington, Maura Quinn, Phillip Langham, Kim Costello, Catherine McNair, Christian Garcia & Toppel Career Center (University of Miami), Matthew Taylor, Mike Conley, and Tammy Burke.