Whether you’re already on campus or you’re thinking about the future, anytime is a good time to upgrade your college experience. Far too many students (and adults!) walk through life without ever stepping outside their routines. Here, we’ve put together a list of some fun and practical ways to improve your college experience and help ensure you get the most out of every day you spend on campus!
Here are our top 10 ways to upgrade your college experience
Build Professional Relationships with HBCU Faculty
By building professional relationships which go beyond that of student-teacher, you’ll be gaining contacts, inside knowledge and experience in your chosen field. Once you graduate, you’ll be even better prepared to take on your first job.
Make Friends Outside Your Home Town, State & Country
Forging new friendships with people who have different backgrounds, interests and other factors can help you grow as a person and become more compassionate to those different from yourself.
Participate in Homecoming Activities
Homecoming occurs at a time when most students – at least freshmen – are in the same boat. You’re all new, and many have come from across the country or world. Take advantage of that shared ‘newness’ to create new friendships and improve your college experience.
Join a Club or Organization
Regardless of what you’re interested in, chances are good that there’s a club devoted to it on campus. You can also use clubs as a way to expand your activities by choosing something you’ve never tried, but always found interesting.
Learn a New Language
Being bi-lingual is a boost to any job application, and what better time than now? Your school most likely has classes available in the most popular languages. If you want to learn something more unusual, take a look at other schools or even informal lessons.
The chance to study in a different country is often overlooked by students who feel it might be overwhelming or even frightening. However, most students who do study abroad look back with fond memories for the rest of their lives!
Befriend Somebody With a Car
This is a bit self-serving and entirely practical, but it’s usefulness can’t be ignored for having a good college experience. If seeking out a car owner for a new friend feels too selfish, get a group together and buy a cheap car with pooled funds.
Join a Student Chapter Professional Organization
These are excellent places to learn, make new contacts and become part of your profession before you earn your degree.
Take a Yearbook Photo & Purchase a Yearbook
Think yearbooks are just for high school? Think again! They’re just as fun as they were in high school, however, and a great chance to feel more connected with your new college.
Learn to Cook and Do Laundry
Avoid the dreaded ‘freshman 15’ and acquire a fun new skill by learning how to cook for yourself. In addition, learn some laundry basics to keep those adorable new jeans from becoming bleached rags!