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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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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