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How can I make college worth it?

For a Finance Major:
Which clubs are worth taking?
Should I start internships right away?
Is it smart to graduate in 3 years?

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Mamata’s Answer

This is a very great question!

This question actually brings me back to my college days. The best advice that I can give you is to get to know yourself first, learn your strength and weaknesses. You can do this by volunteering through organizations on campus and even outside college, or by simply taking classes that would challenge you. This would even prepare you for life after college.

Getting to know myself while discovering my passion really had a positive impact in my college journey. I was part of many organizations on campus and even took over leadership positions. By doing this, I learned about my passion of leading others while creating a harmonious environment.

During my first semester, I took classes outside my major to both challenge myself and to also help me in choosing the right major for me. By doing this, I learned a lot about myself and my love for numbers and this subject called accounting. Hence, I discovered that accounting was the right major.

I will say this again, take part of organizations, it could be professional or simply something that triggers your interest. I would recommend the National Association of Black Accountants, NABA, the Association of Latino Professional For America, ALPFA, your Finance Society on campus or your Students Government Association, SGA. Even though being part of an organization is important, but, what I found more important was to be part of the executive board. This would help you develop or enhance your leadership skills.

In terms of internships, the earlier you can get them, the better it is. They are also crucial factors in helping you determine whether you are in the right major. Having internships would help build your resume. Also, just in case if you are not getting to intern for the company of your dreams at the moment, just take whatever that comes your way as long as it has to do with finance, because that is your primary focus. Most of all, remember that you are seeking experiences that would open doors for your next big opportunity. As for graduating in 3 years, I would not recommend it, if it means rushing through your college journey and maybe missing out on opportunities just because the workload in your classes are almost unbearable and requiring more time from you.

Above all, seek for mentors, this would take you a long way. Mentors can be your career counselors; professors, or even your classmates, as long as he/she can contribute to your growth.

I hope this has helped answering your question.

Mamata recommends the following next steps:

You can start by talking to your career counselor, discuss with them about your interest. What you want to do both on and off campus in terms of joining organizations. He/she might know how to go about it and who to refer you to, he/she can also help you in your internship search. In terms of classes that might challenge you, you have to know your area of weakness, and what could possible challenge you. This would help you get out of your comfort zone, which is an important aspect of life in general.
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Alex’s Answer

I would do everything you can to embrace college and make the most of it. Make time for both school and fun. This is where you will become a new person and better version of yourself. Just make sure you create good habits early on. I also would take 4 years unless you really want to be done soon.
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Ken’s Answer

The best way that you can make college worth it is to determine as early as you can which career path would be best suitable for you as an individual and then talking to people who are working in that career area face to face in person to get the inside view of that career area to determine if it is indeed suitable for you.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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Justin’s Answer

What made college rewarding for me was getting involved in extracurricular activities. Joining student organizations allowed me to make connections and friendships with like minded people who have become some of my best friends. It also gives you the opportunity to be part of your campus community and give back to the community through different service events. Best of luck!
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Michael’s Answer

College in my opinion is all about accountability. This means being able to have a work/life balance. College is a great time to make new friends or continue with old ones. See what it is like to live basically on your own. Learn how to make schedules when it comes to your classes and know when to study. To me college taught me and showed me where my strengths and weaknesses were. Allow college to do the same for you!
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Emilio’s Answer

It all depends on what you want in the end. I would definitely look into internships because that's what will set you up for full time employment after graduation. I think clubs such as the finance association are also beneficial because it gives you a chance to socialize in addition to networking with students who are the same major as you.

Emilio recommends the following next steps:

Put yourself out there and network
Look into grad school as an option if you plan on graduating in 3 years
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