When being a college student, the first thing we think about is the high cost of tuition, but sometimes we don’t realize what else college has to offer. There is always something going on in college that you can take advantage of and that could really be beneficial to you in the long run. Below is a list of what you can take advantage of as a student to get a better all around educational experience.
Now let’s take a look at the list below:
Take classes that are different than what you’re majoring in. You may find that taking a finance class is more intriguing than majoring in history. Electives allow you to venture into other courses you may not have thought about, but that may be a better fit with your personality and your abilities.
There is nothing more important than gaining experience and networking in your future career field. Speak to the appropriate office and get a list of possible companies who offer paid and/or non-paid internships.
On/off campus events
All about networking, gaining more information, simply just getting involved with your classmates who you may rely on in the future when looking for employment opportunities. Tuition is not cheap, so why not take advantage of a free event your college is hosting. Many events not only love it when students come to enjoy what they have to offer, but love to see even family and friends come out as well.
Work with your professors
Statistics was a struggle for me I’ll admit it, but because I had a good report with the Professors and I showed I was taking advantage of extra help and trying my best, I truly believe this is what helped me to pass what was a difficult course for me.
Volunteer on or off-campus
This is a no-brainer. Volunteering is not only great to add to a resume, but it will give you a sense of giving back. Colleges have many volunteer opportunities to help others who could use some support. Much like you volunteered to serve in uniform to protect your country, these volunteer opportunities may not put you back in uniform, but it will give you that sense of once again serving others.
Hey, just cause your may be a bit older than most of your fellow classmates, it doesn’t mean your abilities to play sports is gone. Had I thought of it, I should have attempted to try out for my colleges’ baseball team, a sport I had not played since High School but a sport I truly enjoyed. Anything is possible with sports, you could be good enough to get college monies for your next school, at which point you could hold off on using your GI Bill benefits for another time. Age means nothing when it comes to sports, so if you played while in the service or back in the day, give it a shot and try out for your schools team.
Be a Mentor
For some veterans, starting school can be a difficult matter, but having a fellow veteran as a mentor can make the transition much easier. Being a mentor to a fellow veteran or just any new student is not only rewarding, but is a great way to build on leadership skills by helping others that is a great trait to have not only in life, but also working for a company.
Be part of a Veterans group on campus
Student Veterans of America has worked tirelessly to push for veterans groups to be formed on college campuses. They have come a long way when such groups never existed, but today you can be among your fellow veterans as you all work towards earning a degree and preparing for future employment. This is so important, because it can really make college life a bit easier knowing you are not the only veteran on campus, and support is right there on campus if you ever need it. So get involved!
You may have gotten a free trip a few times to the Middle East while in the military, but image getting an opportunity to see another part of the world, not only to enjoy, but also to learn. Colleges have opportunities to study abroad for all types of studies and all types of time frames. I took full advantage of this by doing 2 weeks in Africa to study the effects of Genocide had on the people of Rwanda which you can read more about what I learned HERE. Study abroad can be an incredible experience that only college can provide, and thanks to GI Bill benefits, I was able to afford and have an experience would not have had without the college putting everything together and offering the experience. I highly recommend giving study abroad a try and hopefully you too will have a great experience and take in much more on what you are studying.
So do not short change yourself and make the most of the high cost of tuition and expand on what college has to offer. You could find yourself in a much better position in the near future, by simply getting involved more as a student, which in return will help you to prepare for a career.