You’re only this young once, so do college right

Lindsay Keener | Staf Writer

I’m usually not one to make assumptions. Sure, they occur from time to time, but it doesn’t happen regularly. Here’s my assumption: You are a college student. As such, it is expected that you make the most of your time. This is where things get interesting. How exactly do you ensure that your time is time well spent? You take advantages of the opportunities provided.

Each college experience is different – from the parties to the student activities. Yet we wonder why those who are given similar opportunities feel so differently about their time in school. Often it is because of the difference in approach; sitting idly, watching time pass by won’t do any good if your goal is to be successful – in or outside of college.

The topic of college is incredibly broad and must be addressed as such. It’d be ridiculous to assume that four years could be conquered in a flash. Let’s start with the main purpose for school: education. Studies should be taken seriously, as well as the opportunities provided by professors, advisers and fellow students. If given the chance to meet professors during office hours or learn from students through tutoring, take it. Asking for help is the first step to solving whatever problem is presenting itself in your classes.

Following on the path of education are internships. No matter your intended career path, internships are crucial to its development. My one word of advice? Apply, apply, apply. Apply to as many internships as possible, as often as possible. Proving to potential employers that you are not only motivated but interested in learning and improving heightens your chances of getting a rewarding job in the future. Many colleges will invite large corporations and companies to their campus to recruit interested students or have college officials send emails regarding positions. You must be on top of your game at all times. There’s never an excuse to let an internship pass you by.

While the main focus of school is to learn, your college experience doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Going to university functions and connecting with other students is a great way to get out of your comfort zone. There are a number of advantages to being young and finding yourself alongside like-minded people. Have good friends who encourage you to find the balance between your studies and what you find entertaining.

Give your all while you’re here. Learn what it really means to be a student and then finish strong. There is no time like the present. Enjoy your schooling and make every moment count. If I had to make another assumption I’d ask, isn’t that the goal?

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