6 Things To Do in College

1. Meet Anyone, Not Everyone.

There is perhaps no other time in life where you can meet so many different people in one place. Not only is it available, but it is expected. Take advantage of the fact that you will meet people who are totally different from you and engage in conversation that is both uncomfortable and mind expanding. But don’t be intimidated by big schools with a large student body. You don’t have to meet EVERYONE. Chances are, if you’re bold enough it won’t take long to meet friends that will last a lifetime. If you go into your college semester with a plan to meet your neighbor, your college experience will be better than 90% of your college peers.

2. Start a Campus Club

Joining a club or sports team is great! I would tell anyone to join an organization they have an interest in. College is the perfect outlet for that. But, starting your own club on your college campus is perhaps one of the most rewarding (and challenging) experiences! A roommate and I started 2 different clubs on 2 separate campuses with 2 very different personalities. The experiences challenged us, tested our patience, and made us who we are today with no question! It’s one thing to join in and be a participant, it’s a whole other thing to lead a group of peers with nothing but your passion as your compass.

3. Skip a Class (or two)

Everyone and their mother advises against skipping class, as it will be your downfall into a jobless career of living in the basement of Uncle Joe and his 9 cats. I’m going to fight this a bit. Perhaps i’m an optimist, but I think people are smarter than most give them credit for. Passing on an afternoon Philosophy class and going on an adventure with a few of your closest friends can create memories for a lifetime. Search that trail that leads to God knows where. Climb that old abandoned water tower just to check out the view. Do this in moderation, be smart about it and you’re sure to have some of the best 4 years of your life.

4. Go to Class

Subtly contrary to the previous tip, going to class is what college is for. But looking back at my college experience, it was all about what I made it. Every class is different and college professors are as varied as a bag of jelly beans. But if you go into the classroom with an open mind and the courage to ask questions you will get the most out of your learning. Don’t be afraid to be the kid who stops class for 5 minutes to dive a little deeper into something the professor said. It’s moment like those that stick with you.

5. Take a Trip

College is a time to meet new people, do new things and experience life from different perspectives. One of the best ways to broaden your experience is to take a trip with just a couple friends. Sometimes, taking trips with people you only just met can make the experience that much greater. Go to a local small town over spring break. Or take a long weekend and travel to a neighbor state. College can be one of the most hectic times of life, but it also gives you a lot of time to explore. Take hold of these opportunities and create your own adventure.

6. Be Okay With Change

College is synonymous with “change”. From start to finish, your college career will test you to the limits of what your 20-something mind can handle. For most people, this is the first step into independence. And don’t lose heart, this is a good thing! In the span of 4 (or 5, 6, 7) years you are saying goodbye to depending on Mom + Dad, experimenting with different groups, people and perspectives, and entering into the “real life” after college. Don’t get me wrong, these are exciting times and you will be ready when you finally get that diploma. Enjoy the time you’re in now, and be hopeful for the future. These are the ways I made the most out of my college years. What did you do different…

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