10 Things I Wish I Would Have Done or Realized Before My Last Semester of College

Daily inspiration and advice for the ambitious savvy young professional

10 Things I Wish I Would Have Done or Realized Before My Last Semester of College

This blog is written by Mollie .A, our campus ambassador from Northern Michigan University. She is studying Communication Studies and will graduate in May 2012! She hopes to work in any communications industry from television to PR!

  1. Start Interning Sooner – I had 2 internships in high school, but once I got to college, I felt like I had all the time in the world. Before I knew it, I was scrapping for an internship to count for class credit.
  2. Start a LinkedIn Profile as a Freshman – There are so many professionals that I wish I had kept in contact with from my first few college years.
  3. Join More Campus Organizations as a Freshman – I now realize that employers are looking for people who have had on hand experience in their field as well as have held leadership positions. GPA is not the only thing that matters.
  4. Stop Being a Baby – I go to a university that is about 15 minutes away from where I grew up. For a year, I lived at home with my parents and commuted to class every day. I have gained so many “real life” lessons by moving out on my own.
  5. Make Every Class Count – Every student should have a thorough understanding of the requirements it takes to graduate. Visit your university’s academic advisement center early so that you don’t have to stay for an extra semester or year because you didn’t take classes that are required to receive your diploma.
  6. You Are Going to Have to Pay Your Dues – For a while, I had this image in my head that once I graduated college, I was just going to fall into this amazing job where I would make thousands of dollars and be set for life. Now that graduation is upon me, I will just be happy to find a job in my field that I can use as a stepping stone to greater things.
  7. Have Business Cards – Business cards are great to have on hand to pass out to people you meet throughout your college years. Networking is extremely important! (They also come in handy if the hottie in your chemistry class wants your number!)
  8. Stop Complaining About Dorm Food – Having to buy groceries and cook for yourself everyday isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Take advantage of the fact that people prepare your food for you every day and all you have to do is stumble down to the cafeteria.
  9. Reputation to Protect – Choices you make as a freshman will stay with you throughout college and possibly beyond that. Remember that nothing stays a secret for long, so be smart about what you get yourself into.
  10. Have Fun – I wish sometimes that someone would just tell me that it will all work out in the end, because it will. Enjoy college, because before you know it, you will be a real adult. You have the rest of your life to be a grown up, but only a few more years to be a kid.