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There is more to the college experience than going to class and writing papers. What we remember most fondly down the road are those other college traditions; the mascots, the cheers and all of those quirky activities. The Weird and Wacky Traditions of College Life. Take advantage of visiting other areas of the country (with a free spot to stay) while you’re able to do so! Get a part-time job on (or near) campus A college job not only helps you pay the bills, but also helps you balance time, get to know others and prepares you for your career ahead.
Interning is one of the best ways to get real world experience during your college career. You’ll not only expand your skillset and put your in-class knowledge to the test, but you’ll also get a first-hand introduction to company culture and workplace habits. Research experiences can include working alongside your professor in a lab, writing a thesis, or completing a capstone project for your major.
At Binghamton University, Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowships fund student research and creative projects during the summer. The term “college experience” has always been vague to me, but I am sure of 2 things: it’s some sort of a journey and it happens when you are in college. Some people think that the college experience is living independently, away from your parents, and transitioning into becoming a self-sufficient adult while others believe the college experience is partying and drinking all night.
College life prepares you for all of this. It is a perfect blend of joy and hardships. You meet different people, you interact with them, you learn about their cultures and grow as a person. You will understand how to talk to different people, how to judge their behavior, thus helping you with important life skills. Earlier this week, I wrote about the 12 Things You Will Experience During College.
However, what I failed to mention was the seedy underbelly of the college experience — the terrible moments that accompany otherwise great times. You can’t always have our cake and eat it, too. 15 Experiences EVERYONE Should Have In College.
You only get four years to try the stuff in this video. So make sure you don’t leave school with any regrets. 5) Seeing college as either credit hours or “college experience” is a false dichotomy. There are plenty of opportunities to boost a career outside of class through things like internship partnerships the school has, resume workshops, career advice, entrepreneurship contests, clubs, etc.
For example, including your role as captain of a sports team demonstrates leadership abilities, while your experience as chair of a student club exhibits organizational skills. If you do have paid job experience or relevant internships, list those first with the name of the company, its location and the year(s) you interned.
List of related literature:
|from Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey|
|from The College Buzz Book|
|from Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities|
|from Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction|
|from Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus|
|from Reworking the Student Departure Puzzle|
|from Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus|
|from Why Did I Come into This Room?: A Candid Conversation about Aging|
|from The Black Student’s Guide to College Success|
|from Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future|