The first thing for you to do is to get to know yourself well enough to develop and career focus and then meet and talk to people who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what advice they might have for your.
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 .
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Hi Akua, this is a great question!
First, don't worry about living off campus - during my undergrad years, many people that I networked with also lived off campus :) I would recommend joining a club, or a volunteer organization that interests you - that's a great way to meet people and also make connections. When I was in undergrad, I joined "Best Buddies" and connected with students who were also pre-law, but older than me. It was great, because I could ask them questions about my college career path.
Second, introduce yourself to your classmates! Ask them if they would be interested in forming a study group. This is especially helpful if you and a classmate have multiple classes together. In law school, I studied with the same two people for the full year, and we've kept in touch since.
In short, I say to just put yourself out there. Even if you're in the library, and see someone studying the same subject matter with you, if appropriate, introduce yourself. Not everyone is open to networking, but don't let that stop you.