There are a ton of things that people think you should do before you graduate college. As a junior in college, here are just a few things I think are a must before you leave your university years.
1. Use your student discount every chance you get.
Soak up the perks of cheap stuff whenever it's an option. That isn't offered again until you're a senior citizen, and you've got a long way to go (I wonder if you're a senior citizen in college if you can use both discounts?).
2. Join a club or find an activity to be a part of.
This is something I've kind of bounced around on. I've joined a couple school clubs and gone to a couple different church groups. I haven't found my "place" yet, but I'm hoping I will before the end of my senior year rolls along.
3. Befriend an international student.
Even if it's just for a semester because you have a class with them, be their friend. Let them know you are happy they chose to come to that school. They will appreciate it more than you will, I promise.
4. Eat a meal by yourself in a restaurant or in the caf.
This is something I have yet to do, as well. I hate being alone. This is a good time for you to "people watch," study, or just think about whatever is on your mind. Also, just to see if anyone will ask to sit with you or offer to let you sit with them. Try it, and I'll be sure to let you know how my experience goes.
5. Make a "big kid purchase."
I still live with my parents. I have a job. I deposit a portion of each paycheck into a savings account that is off-limits and for my future. But, at some point, I need to make a big kid purchase. Whatever that purchase is, is your decision, but do it. It's a good growing opportunity, so I've heard.
6. SAVE. MONEY.
Back to using the student discount and working to make a big kid purchase, save your money. You will need it for your life after college and for you future family and the expense that come along with that. We thought college was a good time to show us, but after college, we will really learn that money does not grow on trees. #thestruggle
I am still working my way through all of these ideas, but I feel like they will really help to grow me as a person and an adult in general. Nope, we didn't "sign up" to be grown-ups, but it's coming quick, ready or not. Keep struggling your way through college, and be sure to hit each of these bumps in the road, and let me know how your experiences go. We all need advice to us through! Share your ideas of pre-graduation musts and maybe we can adopt those too!