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How to Make the Most of Your College Experience

May 26, 2011

It's a no-brainer: to do well in college, you have to make your classes a priority. However, if you want to make the most of your college experience, here are some other things you should take into consideration.

By Jessica Lyons

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Meet New People

You're sure to find many interesting individuals at your school, including your classmates. Making friends and finding people to have fun with is one of the best ways to enhance your college years. You should also make an effort to get to know your professors, since they are sure to provide you with valuable knowledge.

Get Involved

Colleges offer a wide variety of participation opportunities for students, including organizations that may be related to your major or your hobbies. Along with getting to meet others with interests similar to your own, these activities can provide a much-needed break from studying. Involvement will also help you feel more connected to your school's community.

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Take Part in Campus Activities

Attending the various events your school holds is another great way to meet people and feel connected to the campus. Whether it's a party, discussion or play, you should be able to find something you'd want to do.

Do Internships

It's always good to have experience beyond the classroom. After all, one of the best ways to find out if you'll definitely like your chosen field is through real world experience. By completing an internship, you can get a first-hand look at the field and learn from people with many years of experience.

Give Back

Some schools organize volunteer opportunities for students. While you're trying to make yourself better through knowledge, why not also try to make the community better by giving back? And, sometimes you can even get credit for your volunteer service, depending on your school.

Experience Your School's City

Particularly if you're going to school outside of where you grew up, make an effort to see what your school's city has to offer. See the sights, visit cultural institutions and try different restaurants. Go beyond the confines of your campus to experience what else is out there.

Try Something New

You might be going to school to study a specific area, but that doesn't mean you can't branch out a little bit. Think of some other subjects that interest you and try to take them as electives, or maybe even as a minor. Pursuing a degree is about increasing your knowledge so you should increase it in as many ways as you can.

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