How many times have you heard “get enough sleep” or “study hard” or “don’t do anything I wouldn’t do?” While those tips are definitely great, you’ve probably heard the same college advice over and over. So instead of scrolling to the bottom of another post filled with the same old advice, CEHD Undergrad has compiled a list of college advice that you haven’t heard before.
1. It’s never too early or too late to get involved. Maybe it’s your first semester of college and you haven’t decided your major, but you think you are interested in joining the sports management club. Or maybe you graduate in a year and you’ve always wished that you joined a fraternity. No matter where you are in your college career, it’s never too early or too late to join a club or get involved. Don’t be intimidated by being too young or too old or too late. This is your time: join clubs, figure out if you like something, take a risk and make memories. The only thing to be scared of is missing out completely.
2. Don’t stress out about housing. The rush to find housing for the next school year starts almost as soon as move-in is over. Students begin scrambling to solidify living arrangements because of the worry that nothing will be left if they wait any longer. Not true. In fact, many apartments and housing rentals haven’t signed every unit until late in the summer- if at all! Signing too soon can leave students in a tricky situation if they decide they want take a semester off to study abroad or decide they want a different living arrangement the next year. So if you are sure you know where you want to live, go ahead and sign; however, if aren’t sure, take your time. And never sign a lease you don’t feel 100% comfortable with—remember Student Legal Services is always available to look over your tenancy agreement if you need help.
3. Rate My Professor isn’t always right. So many students have caused themselves unnecessary worry or changed their mind about taking a course just because they read a bad review online. Here’s a unique piece of advice… don’t trust the reviews. What one person dislikes about a class or professor might make it the absolute best for another. Don’t limit yourself or your college experience just because you saw a few bad reviews online. And hey, if it turns out badly, you will get the experience of working with someone who you don’t completely agree with, which is a part of life and work that you are sure to run into down the road. Give yourself the freedom to make choices for yourself– it’s all part of the beauty of college.
5. Get an on-campus job. Campus jobs are amazing. They provide work-study, are close enough to walk to, have flexible hours, and make you some extra spending money. They can also provide work experience relevant to your major. Whatever campus job you have, whether it is as a tour guide, a dining hall assistant, a computer lab monitor, or a land care worker, you have the benefits of perfecting your time management skills, meeting awesome people, and getting involved on campus. Win win win. Many schools have their own websites for job seekers– check out the U’s here.
Choose your mentors. Great connections don’t just happen; you have to make them for yourself. So don’t just wait to get noticed by an employer or a professor who you admire, make it your mission to tell them that you’d like them to be a mentor to you in your career. It is flattering to be told that you are admired, so many professionals are willing to provide the help you need to succeed. It’s all just a matter of asking to make a connection.