Advice From A College Senior

By Ashley Paskill on November 11, 2017

As a college senior who is graduating soon, I have learned a lot in my (six years’) time in college. I have had my share of ups and downs, but I have made so many memories and have learned many memories that will last me throughout my life.

1. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given, especially if it is free.

Go to campus events or events in your college town or city. Take advantage of any opportunity that gives you free access to things that you typically have to pay for. Free things are always amazing, especially on a student budget, and they are even better if you gain valuable things from them. Your wallet and your future self will thank you. If you have free access to various learning tools, from online course sites to campus lectures, take advantage of them.

2. Build relationships with your professors.

Your professors, contrary to popular beliefs, are not out to ruin your life. They want to help you succeed in the classroom and in your career. Professors are usually experienced in what they teach and have connections to jobs and internships as well as people in your field, so building relationships early on may give you opportunities to advance your career. Go to office hours, come early or stay late, and communicate with your professor if issues arise.

3. Do things that are out of your comfort zone.

It is difficult to stick with things or people you are comfortable with. However, if you do not try new things or meet new people, you will never grow. College is a time for growth and for expanding your horizons. Go to networking events. Try something new at least once a day. You will make so many memories and learn a lot by pushing yourself to branch out and do new things. Be willing to learn new things and have fun in the process.

4. Never, ever give up on who you are and what you want.

When there’s a will, there’s a way. If you want something to happen, it will happen if you work hard and push for getting it. Be creative in your pursuit towards your goals and do not let anyone tell you that your dreams will never come true.  Be true to yourself. Be willing to try new things, but do not do things that are against your moral compass. Do not do things simply because others are doing them and you want to look cool or fit in. Do not compare yourself to others- you ARE smart and amazing.

5. Do not sweat the small things.

Small inconveniences may happen in your quest towards your goals. They may seem like a big deal, but they are not major in the grand scheme of things. However, do not let the small things weigh you down. Failed classes or bad days do not define who you are as a person. Persevere towards your goals with strength, using hurdles to make you a stronger person. However, sometimes the stresses of life get to us. Do not be afraid to seek help if you are struggling mentally or emotionally.

By Ashley Paskill

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