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September 4, 2012

My College Experience

What can you expect when going to college?

You may remember (I can’t stop talking about it, so happy!) that I graduated college recently. Quite a few people wanted to know what my college experience was like and what tips I would have for people in college now or starting college. I talked quite a bit about it in the video below but there was a few things I forgot so they are listed under the video.

My tips:

  1. When I was in high school, dual enrollment was free. Check with your school if you are still in high school and they can help you get started. It may not be free where you are but it’s worth looking into if you are worried about paying for school.
  2. Don’t be scared of changing majors. Sure, ending up paying for classes in a major you didn’t end up staying with is frustrating but finding a career that you will love is (in my opinion) worth it. I changed majors three times!
  3. If it takes you more then 4 years to finish your Bachelor’s degree, don’t be discouraged. It’s actually very common for it to take longer, especially if you are also working.
  4. Join a club or try different school activities for at least one semester. I regret not taking more time to try and make friends.
  5. Take advantage of your school’s Career Services, they will help you get a job if you are willing to put in the work. Even if you don’t want a job before graduation, go to them. They can help you get a position that starts after you finish.
  6. When planning your classes it is helpful to know a little about your teachers beforehand. I used and my school’s database to see old surveys.
  7. Do not buy textbooks unless you plan on over-highlighting. Try services like where you can rent textbooks instead. It is much cheaper and eco-friendly. Chegg will even plant a tree in your name!

Are you in school right now? What tips do you have for students? 

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  • Devon

    Take elective courses that interest you and are outside of your major…
    Stay up late at night discussing controversial topics with friends.Attend special lectures, panels, speeches, plays and/or concerts.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:10 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Good suggestions!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      September 9, 2012 at 7:52 am Reply

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