Hey everyone! Happy Thursday and I hope everyone is excited for the upcoming weekend. This is not my typical post, but I just wanted to share a few tips on how to really have fun in college and still get the job done. As we all know, going to college can be a stressful time, or it can be the best time of your life!!! It really all depends on how your utilize your time. My belief is to have a balance. So without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Pick your classes
Now, depending on the university you attend, you might have the flexibility of choosing your own schedule right from your freshman year. Depending on your major, you will have a certain amount of classes that you need to take as a requirement and quite a few as electives. Use this to your advantage and create the schedule that works for you. Some of you might like later classes, while others prefer early morning classes. Some classes require prerequisites, so try to plan ahead! Ask your advisors which classes you might need to take first in order to be eligible to take the ones you want, just so there are no surprises!
Just like with everything in life, balance is the secret (or something along those lines, just go with it). Bbalance your schedule so that you are not overwhelmed with work. For example, if you are taking a Bio class that requires a 4 hour lab supplemental to lectures, then choose an easier class to balance it out. DON’T take a another class that also requires a 4 hour lab. Why would you want to stress yourself out.
Now, the most important tool to use is ratemyprofessor.com. In case you didn’t hear about this website – it’s a life saver. You are welcome. Before picking ANY class, make sure to double check at ratemyprofessor.com that your professor is actually what you are looking for! A little research goes a long way. When I was researching my professors, I would usually try to avoid anyone with 3.5 ratings and below. Just saying, a good professor = good class = good grades!
4. Get Involved
After you have tactfully made your schedule and researched your professors, it is time to sign up for after-school activities. I cannot stress this enough, but if you even think about landing a great job after college, this is your ultimate ticket. Usually, bigger companies don’t care if you have to work 40 hour shift at some fast food restaurant and have a full time schedule at school. What companies want to see is LEADERSHIP. You might not have the most perfect grades, but if you are involved in school, you look better than someone who has a perfect GPA and has zero activities listed. Plus, most of the time in those clubs you get to go to a lot of networking events, which is really good because you could secure a job just by networking.
Now, don’t just join any club. You need specific leadership clubs for specific majors. Again, ask your advisor.
What activities should I choose?
Be smart, choose something that is relevant to your major. For example, if you are a business major, try not to choose arts and crafts as your after-school activity. Try to choose something relevant, and speak with your advisor. They will normally suggest clubs that do relate to your major and clubs that have tons of opportunities to shine those leadership skills.
What if I don’t have leadership skills?
Seriously, fake it till you make it. You might be very afraid to do it the first time, but once you face your fears and do it a few times it becomes second nature. In today’s world with the latest technology and everyone answering almost the same exact same questions with almost the exact same answers on an interview (thanks to Google), it is important to be able to stand out.
5. Team Work!
Lastly, this is a no brainer, but make friends in class. This is the fun part, not only do you get to meet new people, but some of them will be your lifelong friends after.
Always try to do homework, projects or anything that allows you to work with other people – use that opportunity. If you have a huge project, split the work and focus on what is important – the end result, YOUR GRADE.
Hope this helps you in your future endeavors, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to chat. I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
The tips provided above are based on personal knowledge and experience. Some of you may know that I graduated last year. As my day job I work at one of the major accounting firms and assist with real estate evaluations and projections. I truly believe that you can land a successful job after graduation as well:)