5 Tips to Help You Maximize Your College Experience: Part 2

Sep 9, 2019

5 Tips to Help You Maximize Your College Experience: Part 2

laptop and coffee on tableHey, everyone! It’s Michael, former intern, back again on the blog for part two of my series all about making the most out of college. If you missed part one, check it out here.


Let’s dive in to my next tip for all you college students and parents of students!


  1. Take full advantage of opportunities…

Preparing for the future is vital, so taking advantage of opportunities while you have them is essential to a great college experience. Never again will you have so many opportunities to get involved and to meet people in the same stage of life. Join that intramural team, go to that campus ministry, run for an SGA position. Hopefully, you’ll learn something in the process, even if all you learn is that you never want to do it again. 


But learn to say no

On the flip side, you have to learn you might not have time to do everything. Even if you don’t sleep as much as the rest of us and sacrifice your social life for extracurriculars (which I do not recommend), you still have a limit, and you will eventually have to say “no” to something. I know, FOMO is real. But in order to get the most out of the things you really care about, you have to learn to say no to the things that are not that important in the long run. I saw plenty of people (including myself) burn out or get incredibly frustrated with themselves for not being able to keep up with a schedule not physically possible for a human to maintain. Don’t do that to yourself. You have a limit, just like everyone else, and it’s important to learn what your limit is as soon as you can. 


  1. Get out of your comfort zone…

For me (and for many others), just going to my first day of college was a running leap outside of my comfort zone. There are so many unknowns, so many new people. It was both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. But once you meet people, get comfortable in your classes, and have a consistent schedule, the initial shock wears off. By your third or fourth year in college, it is so easy to settle in, turn on cruise control, and let time fly past you without pushing yourself at all. I would challenge you to fight that attitude. Continually push yourself outside of your comfort zone because it is there you can grow the most. 


But find something that grounds you

For me, an extrovert, my way of staying grounded and getting refocused was hanging out with friends. If I ever needed a change of pace, I would sit outside on my porch or on campus. Other people might like being alone or going on a walk. Whatever it may be, know only you can determine what works best. It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of work and commitments you have, so make sure you know how to recharge to avoid burnout. 


Some of my favorite memories from college are the organizations I chose to get involved with and the times I went out of my comfort zone. Stay grounded and learn to say no when you can’t take anything else on. College is supposed to be fun and allow you to make new friends!


Stay tuned for part three coming soon! 


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