A quick taste from my experience as a recent graduate
I graduated from college in December 2020. It officially makes me a 2020 graduate, which does not mean anything to me, but I’m proud to graduate from a place that I couldn’t imagine being in 10 years ago.
I started at a community college and graduated from there, then transferred to a 4-year college. I’ve seen two different schools, and it took me four and a half years in total. Since those days are fresh in my mind, I’d like to share my thoughts on college in general, and give some advice to college students, or students who are trying to get into college.
Here is what I’ve learned from college, and a couple of advice:
Consistency is key
This one is the only advice about your classes. If you want to get good grades, the best thing you can do is to be consistent. What I mean by that is, don’t miss any classes, assignments and try to understand the topic before you go on to the next one. As long as you stay consistent with the assignments and understand each subject, there should be success in your classes.
Build strong relationships with your professors
One of the best things you can do to yourself at college is to build strong relationships with your professors. I believe that is the most effective way to find an internship or a job while you are still in school. Most of my professors had jobs outside of school. Even if your professors don’t, they know a lot of people from different companies that they can recommend you for. This is a huge asset for students, but very few take advantage of this opportunity. Yes, you pay for college to learn as much as you can and to get your diploma, but your school offers more than that. It includes your professors and their connections, academic advisors, and the career center. Most students already use academic advisors and career centers but not their professors. So you should be different from others and build a strong relationship with your professors.
Make friends and stay connected after you graduate
Making friends at college is important for many reasons. First, you can have multiple study buddies and that can help you out with certain topics and assignments. I’d like you to think long term though. I said stay connected after you graduate because those friends of yours are going to be future employees in big companies, future businessmen/women, and future CEOs. I would definitely like to be buddies with those people.
Last but not least, try to enjoy it as much as possible. I know it is a cliché thing to say, but we will miss those days. So don’t forget to step back from time to time and appreciate the situation you are in and try to enjoy it. Also, feel free to hit me up with any questions.