College, undoubtedly, will be some of the best years of your life. It’s the first time in your life where you are somewhat on your own. You have the freedom to make your own choices. You get to major and study in a subject you are passionate about. Besides all that you meet hundreds of new people, and you get to live with them for the next four years. The college years can easily be the most formative of your life. So, before you go there are a few things to consider.
Soak it in
From the moment you step foot on your college campus, you should realize that your college career is going to come to an end one day. Now, I don’t mean get all weepy, as soon as you see you roommate that you’ve known for a total of eight minutes…. however, it is extremely important that you realize that this is a one-time experience. You only get one crack at it. What does that mean for you? Don’t be passive about your college experience. Go after your classes. Why? Because after college you have to get something called a job, and so much of what you do in college determines how prepared you are for a job. Now, that doesn’t mean shut yourself up in your room and study until you can reflect light off your skin. It is equally important to get out as well.
Live a little
Make friends. Don’t merely try and be associated with people that are cooler than you are, they don’t care about you. Find friends that are going to push you, and are going to make you a better person at the end of four years. Make friends that you won’t merely watch on Facebook for the rest of your life. Likewise, in college, it is important to try new things. Do something that will stretch you and put you out of your comfort zone. Take a class that you know nothing about, do a play, or talk to someone you have nothing in common with. For the love of all things holy, travel. If you have an opportunity to study abroad then take it. You will never have a chance like that in your life, and you are guaranteed not to regret it. But most of all, more importantly than more than thing, enjoy college. It really does have the potential to be the best years of your life.
Remember your strength
You have the ability to choose. People seldom learn this, regardless of what age they are. If you are bad at math, then it is in your power to become better at it. It is up to you to do it though, doesn’t happen by osmosis. If you want to lose weight, you can. But you’re going to have to work out. Sounds simple enough, but we so often believe that we are simply stuck in our current condition. As any college consultant will tell you, if you take this philosophy into college and you’re guaranteed to succeed.
About the Author:
As a recent graduate from a 4 year college in California, Ben is knowledgeable and passionate about maximizing that experience. He has a B.A. in Communications and has the privilege of representing organizations like Capitol College Consulting.