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How to Make the Most of Your College Experience

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Going to college is exciting, as it can provide a gateway to a successful career. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or a working professional looking to further your education, there is so much to gain from the college experience.

During your time as a student, the choices you make can greatly influence your college experience as well as your future. Here are some tips to keep in mind in order to make the most of your experience:

  • Set goals
  • Build relationships
  • Get involved
  • Stay organized
  • Try new things
  • Manage your time

Get more information about how to do these things by reading below.

Set Goals for Yourself

During your time in college, it is important to set goals for yourself. Whether they are big or small, setting goals can help to keep you motivated. For example, maybe you want to earn a certain GPA, apply for an honor society or make new friends in your classes. Having both academic and social goals can help to keep you well-balanced while you are a student. In addition, when you achieve your goals, you will feel accomplished.

Build Relationships

The relationships you make while in college can last a lifetime. Your friends can support and encourage you along the way, whether it be in your studies or in life in general. In addition, getting connected with those who are on a similar path can bring networking opportunities, whether it be now or in the future. College is also a great place to meet people who come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives.

Furthermore, there are many benefits that come with building relationships with your professors. As experienced individuals in your field of interest, your professors can provide great advice throughout your college journey. In addition, they can be a great resource once you graduate and are seeking employment, as they may be able to connect you with others in the field and be a reference when you apply for positions.

Take Advantage of Opportunities

There are many opportunities that are likely to come your way while you are a college student. For example, taking an internship can allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom and gain valuable experience. In addition, attending functions such as guest speaker events can help you gain knowledge and receive advice from experienced professionals.

College students also have the opportunity to attend many extracurricular activities. Sporting events, community service opportunities and other various events all help to build community. Taking advantage of these opportunities can allow you to connect with your peers and make memorable college experiences.

Stay Organized

While in college, it is important to stay organized. Remember that the things you learn in class are equipping you for the future, so be sure to save your course materials. Keep your class notes and textbooks, if possible – you never know when you may need to refer to them later!

In addition, depending on your area of study, it may be beneficial to create a portfolio for yourself to showcase some of your best work. For example, if you are a writer, save all of your work and keep it organized, as you may need to provide writing samples for future employers.

Try New Things

College is a great place to try new things. Whether it be joining an intramural team, becoming a member of a club or performing in a talent show, you may discover something you enjoy. By putting yourself out of your comfort zone, you may grow in areas you never knew were possible.

For example, taking on a leadership position can allow you to develop valuable communication and leadership skills. Not only will these skills be of benefit to you in college, but they will also help you when you graduate and enter the working world.

Hone Your Time Management Skills

With all of the responsibilities that come with being a college student, it is a great time to learn time management skills. Balancing school, extracurricular activities, a social life and maybe even a job can bring many challenges. However, learning how to manage your time will prepare you to enter the real world. In addition, you will learn about yourself and what you can handle.

There are many exciting opportunities for you while you pursue a college education. Keep these tips in mind in order to make the most of your college experience!

At Grand Canyon University, you will find everything you need to enjoy a full college experience. To learn more about earning an education at GCU, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information form at the top of the page!

About Lauren Abraham
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Communications Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Lauren Abraham is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.

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