- Internships are the building blocks of your résumé. Apply to them. Meet people.
- Choose a degree that is relevant to the real world. Minor in History if you love it so much.
- Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Office. Putting it under the “Skills” section of your résumé is not impressive.
This may be becoming the case now, but there are people at my work who don’t even know how to set up the voice mail on their phones. I’m considered technologically savvy there when really I’m just average. The people I’m talking about are in their early thirties.
- See the world. This is the only time you have in your life to spend months in a foreign country. Take advantage of your lack of responsibility to travel.
- 99.9% of employers will never look at your transcript. A 4.0 GPA will not land you a job. Good interpersonal skills might.
- No employer cares whether you were on the executive board of your fraternity or sorority or other campus organization. Serve the organization because you love it, not simply to use it as space-filler on your résumé.
Yes and no. Having that you were on the executive board means that you took a lot of time and responsibility to work with a group of other people and reach decisions that everyone mostly agreed on. I feel like it would be good for managerial positions.
- Proofread everything. Twice. Or else no one will believe that you’re “detial-oriented.”
- You have four (or five) years to make something of yourself. Use that time wisely.
You have your whole life to make something of yourself. You don’t have to finish college in 4 or 5 years, you might have to be working and only taking classes part time. You might start, drop out, go back, fall out again, and then come back once more to finish.
- Go out with your friends on a Tuesday night despite having a test on Wednesday. The test won’t matter in ten years, but your friendships will.
Not all the time. If you fail all your tests then having friends won’t really mean shit. Not to mention that the friends you make in college aren’t set in stone the friends you will have forever. I personally fell out with everyone I knew in college in two years.
- Do not expect the college senior to fall in love with you after you sleep together. Actually, just don’t sleep together. This will not end well.
If you want to have sex, then do it, but don’t think it will make people fall in love with you.
- Really get to know your professors. Use office hours to your advantage. You never know what doors they can open for you.
- Graduate school is rarely a good idea, especially if you’re only using it to delay the real world for a few years. The more money you make now, the less debt you’ll have later.
This was the main point I had issues with. No, it’s a bad idea if you’re just delaying ‘real world’ time. But grad school gives you a higher degree level and in a lot of careers you NEED those degrees to get the job! With so many people flooding the colleges, having just an associate’s degree doesn’t really mean much any more.
- Realize that you will be in debt until you’re forty. Make peace with this early.
Um, unless you’re going to a very expensive college, this isn’t always the case. You’re looking at about $30k for private collages, and around $16k for state colleges. This is why scholarships are so important.
- One bad grade won’t ruin your life.
Get over yourself.
- Beware of credit cards. No matter what they say, money isn’t free.
- Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you might need help from someone.
- Eat good food. Nothing will make you feel worse than six straight nights of Ramen.
- Buy a plunger before you actually need said plunger. Just trust me on this one.
- Press save. It will keep you from having that 4:00am mental breakdown.
- All-nighters will not help you learn the material. Budget time throughout the day to study so that you can actually sleep before the final exam.
- Use a condom. No one wants that “I’m late” text.
Use condoms ANYWAY, because STDs are everywhere and no matter how much they tell you ‘I’m clean’ or how much you can’t see it happening to you, it’s better safe than sorry.
- Work during the summers. Employers want someone with real-life experience.
That being said, they also don’t want someone who worked two weeks on every job then quit. That just makes you look flakey.
- Call your mom once a week. She wants to stay involved in your life, and a twenty-minute phone conversation won’t kill you.
- You have four years to learn your alcohol limit. This will save you from puking at the office Christmas party.
- The college cafeteria will make you gain weight. So will alcohol. Be careful about what you’re putting into your body.
- Find a few hours each week to work out. Cardio is great stress relief.
- So is sex. Booty calls are sometimes necessary. Don’t beat yourself up for it in the morning.
- Learn to cook. Eating out is expensive. A few basics can last you a long time.
- Take pictures. Not everything has to be posted to Instagram, but you will want to have these memories documented.
- Volunteer. Not because you have to, but because you want to. The Humane Society always needs people to play with the animals.
Pst, you’re going to be cleaning kennels and litter boxes, not playing. Just an fyi.
- Learn how to budget. Your parents won’t be around to give you money forever.
- Buy shower shoes. Use them. Save yourself from foot fungus.
- Beer is expensive. Buy vodka.
- Interviews are nerve-wracking. Practice with a friend before you go.
- Find good references. They can be the difference between being offered your dream job and being turned down.
- It’s okay to turn down your first job offer to wait for a better one. Have faith in yourself.
But do be careful about doing this in our current economy. You might have just turned down the only job offer in 6 months
- If you’re treated like a slave at your internship, it’s okay to leave. Find a company that sees your worth.
- Learn how to code HTML. This is an invaluable skill.
- Also learn Photoshop. Every company in the world needs someone who can design a poster.
I WISH companies would let any old worker design their posters. Sadly you have to actually apply for their design team and show a portfolio.
- Take a couple classes just for fun. There’s a difference between smart and educated.
- Know your priorities. Stick to them.
- Start searching for a job a year before you graduate. It takes time to find something you want.
- Apply for jobs you may not be completely qualified for. You may be the only applicant.
- Don’t get too discouraged when you fail at something. Lay in bed for two days. Cry. Then get back up and start living again.
- Everyone has something to teach you. Listen to them.
- Make mistakes, but be sure to learn from them.
- Textbooks are expensive and you will never need them again. Rent, don’t buy.
- No one will ever care how wasted you were last night.
They saw it first hand. Shut up.
- No one is responsible for you except you. Think twice before you do something.
- Don’t think that these have to be the best
four years of your life. Life after graduation is pretty awesome too.