Embarking on your journey to be a full time student in college can be very intimidating and certainly distracting with all of the activities that will be available for you to choose from. You are in a new environment, learning about your passions, and cultivating new relationships whether it be with other students, coaches or professors. When you first enter the college environment, I found that it was important that I keep an open mind about the various activities I wanted to be a part of. After choosing those activities, it was essential to ensure that I had the time to commit to them fully in order to get the most out of the experience as well as fulfill the various responsibilities that came along with being a part of these groups.
Given the loose class schedule, it was also important for me to add structure to my life, whether it be blocking out time to exercise, study, grab lunch or spend time with friends. A structure will help you be realistic about what you can and cannot commit to and to making sure you are able to tackle your to-do list.
While being in college can be a very exciting time, it is also important to begin thinking about your career aspirations. Establishing relationships with professors can help you build a strategy for landing an internship, learning new skills and boosting your resume. Go out of your way to speak to alumni, and learn more about the job prospects for the classes you enjoy. Having post-college goals will make the experience that much more motivating and ultimately, rewarding.
Lastly, college is a lot of hard work, but is also important to carve out some time to let loose. Go to a concert, plan get togethers with friends. These four years are important to build lasting relationships with people that will go far beyond college. Make sure to find a group of people who will support you.
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Danielle recommends the following next steps:
- Explore your majors of interests - look at potential minors as well
- Find a club that you are passionate about
- Find your study spot