The transition to college can be daunting, especially when that college is in a different country; as prepared as I thought I was, here are five things hindsight has told me I wish I knew:
- Ask for direction
The college journey is filled with so many experiences; but remember, all that happens under the sun is not new. Have the courage to step out and connect with advisors to inquire about your future, consult your grades and opportunities, and even discuss the major you are considering. Asking professionals around the industry can help you discover ways to uniquely adapt your plan for the future.
2.Know your Choices
Before you start college, have options. Don’t just jump on the first acceptance letter you receive. It is crucial to follow your plan of study and know what you or your financier can afford. As a college student, there are many institutions that will offer you credit facilities. The high cost of college may make you justify using credit services as a means to an end. It’s important to understand the implications of using these services; what does it really mean?
3.Go for the scholarships / Get a college Job!
Good grades do pay off. Having good grades in college is a rewarding experience; with the right grades, you position yourself for various opportunities that can significantly reduce your tuition fees. A college job can surely bring those pizza slices to your table. Get busy and get experience! Landing a job can boost your resume and impress recruiters.
4.Get yourself connected / Join the network craze!
College diversity is the perfect platform to meet new people from all over the world. It is amazing how many students have a great deal in common, but are not within each other’s immediate social circles. New networks through college friendships lay the foundation for innovative ideas, creative inventions, and lifelong partnerships.
5.Invest in Professors
It is important to establish a relationship with your professors; try and not be just another student face to them. Professors have the ability to help you develop and enhance your skills. Learn how to take constructive criticism from them before receiving it in the corporate world. College professors have been in the industry. Learning from their experiences in a classroom environment is like looking into the window of your business world; soak up their advice.
No matter how prepared you are, you will still be surprised when you start your journey. Sometimes you have to learn by living, but hopefully my five gave you some insight. Why not share some of yours?