There are so many ideas when coming to college about how one will spend their time. Some may strive to be purely studious and get that 4.0 straight through, some think that this is the last chance to party away and don't want to waste it, and some (usually the majority) want to find that balance. I was a part of that majority wanting to find the balance, and through balancing a major and minor, a job, being a part of the best scholarship program there is, Cox Scholars, leadership roles, community work, and a social life, I believe I have.
For me, college has been the biggest learning experience of my life. Yes, I have learned more than imaginable from books and classes in my (almost) 3 years here, but I've mostly gained other beneficial knowledge. Knowledge that will help me in my everyday life and workplace! I've gained communication skills that are crucial, time managing (most important), gained connections, and so many little things we don't even realize.
When you first get to college, it may be difficult to get involved, especially on such a large campus, but here are some tips (from experience) on how to get started:
These are few of the infinitely many ways to get involved. It may be scary to throw yourself in, make those new friends, take on the responsibility and be that active. If that's like you, try some of this stuff:
If you are one of the majority of people I described above, then remember that college is the place to learn those balancing skills. Remember, though, it is balancing. Which means fun is still to be had. Memories are to be made. Life-long friends are to be created.
This is one of the best times of your life and you will never be able to redo these four (or more) years...make the best of them!
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