12 Things Nobody Tells You To Do In College

12 Things Nobody Tells You To Do In College

With every semester is another 15 weeks of studying and sobbing.
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Some things in college slip through the cracks. Every college student knows that they're supposed to study, take tests, etc. But there's other things you can do in college to really boost your resume and ultimately look stellar compared to your peers. In the spirit of a new semester coming upon us, here's a few things you can do this semester to get a leg up:

1. Join clubs, teams, and other extra curricular activities.

If you join in on activities in other areas of your college, it's generally seen as a positive thing on resumes. It can include anything from hobbies to your major itself. Sports within colleges can even vary - some colleges have horseback riding teams, bowling, lacrosse, and other teams you wouldn't normally consider joining. On a resume, joining a club is seen as a way to be involved, and ultimately a future employer will want to see enthusiasm from someone they consider hiring.

2. Get a job there.

Getting a job at the college itself gives you more letters of recommendation, and more variety within those letters of recommendation. It's always good to get letters of recommendation from your professors, but from a former boss offers a different perspective. Your boss at the college chose to hire you and keep you working. Most often times, college jobs also offer flexibility with your classes, which are much different from regular jobs working a cash register. In addition, the people you're working for are often familiar with the college system, so they can also give you advice for a particular problem or direct you to someone.

3. Network.

Networking is a huge part of college, and nobody tells you to do it when you go to orientation. Keep the syllabi of your professors of the various classes you've taken, even if you think you might never see them again. You might decide to double major or minor and need more information, and it'd be a way to reconnect with someone who you already know and already might have made an impression on. Longevity of professional relationships is a positive thing, and facilitate it when you can in college. Networking in itself will lead to other opportunities as well, such as being hired.

4. Treat your professors with respect.

This really should be a no brainer, but it isn't for some people. It is perfectly understandable and normal to not get along with some professors at any college. But treating your professors with respect is necessary. Professors talk. Second, you might need that professor at some point - a letter of recommendation, an honors thesis, or they may be in charge of a program or office you might be needing the assistance of.

5. Apply for scholarships.

It's free money, why wouldn't you? Financial Aid isn't your only way of getting free money. Apply. Write the essay. You might also fit into a group of people that may have their own scholarship, as for example, there are scholarships solely for the disabled.

6. Apply for programs.

At my college, there's the Verrazano Honors program, among others. Even if you don't get in immediately after high school, for most programs you can still apply while you're in college. It's worth it, as these programs offer certain benefits, aside from another line on your resume.

7. Do research.

Doing research goes hand in hand with being respectful to your professors. You might want to do research with a professor who you had previously been disrespectful to. While they may not remember, you might be in for an awkward meeting regardless. You might feel embarrassed over your past behavior, and it will show. Certain professors focus on different research, and you might want to do research with a certain professor. If that professor doesn't focus on your area of interest, you may need to look elsewhere.

8. Buy older versions of textbooks if you can, and get them somewhere else.

Your college bookstore is probably overpriced and brand new textbooks. Ask your professors if you can use an older version of a textbook to make the expense lower. Buy or rent them from Amazon and Chegg if you think you'll never use them again.

9. Don't listen to other people.

That's great that your mom wants you to be a doctor, but if you don't want to be a doctor, she's not going to treat anyone. You are.

10. Major in what you like.

If you like English, major in English. If you like Psychology, major in Psychology. Of course Engineering will lead to a job afterward, but if you don't like building bridges or buildings you shouldn't be one. Whatever degree you get can be melded into a career, whether it be with a graduate degree or having contacts. Your enthusiasm for your degree will speak for itself, and you will be able to have certain skills other majors may not have. Don't torture yourself to get a job, because we all end up in the same place at the end through different avenues.

11. You don't need to meticulously plan.

I understand the tension, the pressure, and the need to get a job. I understand the weight of debt and the weight of being an adult after you get your diploma. I understand you were born and you immediately had a life plan as to how you'd become an astrophysicist working at NASA, but things change and so will you.

12. Enjoy yourself.

You will be drinking coffee at 5 AM with an 8 AM class looming. You will be finishing assignments when they're due in 4 hours. You will be sobbing while studying for a final. You will feel alone, and you will have a professor you hate. But, you will get the As, you will figure out your path, and you will make friends and pass the final. Enjoy yourself.

It'll be OK.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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My First Year Of College Wasn’t Great And That’s Okay

I didn’t adjust as well as I thought I would, but I made it.

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Everyone always raves about how much they loved their freshman year of college. The independence, the parties, meeting all these new people from different places. It's a big milestone in your life. But not everyone has an amazing first year. And I'm one of those people.

Don't get me wrong. I was so excited about college. Finally getting to be on my own, experiencing all these new things. I even met people in my class before we moved in. And the first month was a blast...but then it wasn't anymore.

Eventually, I slid into this “funk", you could say. I was depressed. I never wanted to leave my bed. Some nights, I didn't even wanna eat dinner. And soon, my friends noticed but soon just stopped inviting me out.

At first, they still would, even though the answer was always no. But I guess they got bored and tired of me always saying no.

Soon, I didn't feel like I even had any friends and at one point, I even found myself debating going home to avoid being alone in my room all weekend. I would force myself to make plans, but found myself not wanting to go out because I got ignored every time I did. It wasn't worth it.

I was homesick, isolated, and just wanted to fit in.

When the year finally came to an end, I couldn't be happier. But now that it is over and I'm home, I realize how much I miss the people that were there for me. The people that came into my life unexpectedly, but it was hard for me to really recognize they care about me.

I absolutely hated my freshman year of college. Yeah, it started out good and I found my sorority, but I never felt like I was wanted anywhere. I felt so alone. I became so incredibly isolated and distant and it took a drastic toll on me as a person.

But in spite of all that, I realize that maybe that's how it was supposed to happen. Because I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and it will all play out.

This being said, my first year might not have been what I thought or hoped for. But I can truly say I am excited to see what my next year holds.

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