How to Make the Most of Your College Experience

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As exciting as college is, college can also be stressful and overwhelming, as you try to balance your classes and stay on top of your studies. College is not only about academics, however, so manage your time, choose classes that interest you and get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities.

Practice Good Time Management

  • It’s important to manage your time properly. Managing your time will help reduce stress and will make sure you have enough time for your academic work, as well as other parts of your life, such as your job and activities you want to participate in. Create a structured schedule and dedicate specific times for studying, club meetings, work, social life and exercise. This will keep you on track and create balance – so that you haven’ neglected anything in your schedule. A student who does not manage his time well may miss deadlines or may submit sub-par work.

Choose Classes Wisely

  • Choose courses that focus on subjects that interest you and provide you with skills you can use in the future. Be practical in your choices -- if you major in a subject or enroll in a class that is of no interest to you, it will be more difficult to stay focused and motivated. For example, don't take a chemistry class if you don't enjoy the subject and if it isn't necessary for your degree. If possible, look up information or ask fellow classmates about the professors teaching the courses you are interested in to find out about their teaching style -- this may also help you decide whether the class is right for you.

Get Involved on Campus

  • Socializing and getting involved on campus is important for having a fulfilling, college experience. Taking part in sports teams, clubs, societies or going to campus events will help you make friends, support your college community and provide you with valuable life skills. For example, being on your school's football team will teach you team work, while joining Students' Association fosters leadership and responsibility. This type of involvement looks good on resumes, as employers seek people who are sociable and work well with others.

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