College is an exciting experience, but it’s also one that gives you a lot of personal freedom right after high school, where most of us were still extremely dependent of our family. College is the perfect time to get out there and experience different things. It’s like, the sweet spot where you’re an adult but yet to be working full time, so you get to do the craziest things without being too responsible about everything. Trust me, I’d been graduated for 2 years and I’m missing those days so much.
While it’s important to study and get good grades, you should get out of your comfort zone and make the most of all possible opportunities at college. You might be missing out on experiences that you’ll remember for years to come. Here’s how to get the most out of your college education experience.
Take an unrelated class
You’ve probably picked a major in a subject that’s your strength, but that doesn’t mean you can’t challenge yourself or learn other interesting subjects. Taking an unrelated class can help keep your mind fresh when going through your course materials. You have access to teachers and resources that you won’t be able to access once you leave college. So might as well make the most of it and study a topic that’s a little different right?
I personally took random electives like Wine Science and Sexual Psychology when I was studying in the Commerce faculty. Guess what, the knowledge that I received from those classes are still applicable to my everyday life today! Pick something completely new and foreign to you and see what happens. You might learn something interesting and useful for your future.
Do more than the bare minimum
This might sound like a relatively obvious piece of advice, but many people don’t push themselves when it comes to their educational experience. We’re all so focused on getting the perfect grades and passing exams that many of us don’t leave our comfort zones. But if you do more than the bare minimum, you might find that you get a lot more out of your education experience.
Extracurricular is a good way to get involved outside of the classroom. You can join a social club related to something that interests you, like joining a reading club if you like books, or be a part of an a cappella group if you love singing (that’s exactly what I did). You can also do more than the bare minimum by helping your school to offer a better experience to other students.
Get involved in the student government so you can make big decisions like getting coffee machines for your student lounge or suggesting teachers to use NST to organise school trips. This would help to keep school-related events more structured and well-planned. Do more than is expected of you. You’ll be surprised by how capable you are doing things you’ve never done before.
Get your personal finances in order
If you really want to get the most out of your college education experience, you should also start getting your personal finances in order. As a young adult, it’s important to learn how to take care of your own money. Even if you’ve had a part-time job when you’re in high school, this might be the first time that you are away from home and are in full control of your financial responsibilities.
Learn to make a budget. It is the best way to ensure that you live within your means and not overspend. You need to figure out how much money you should be setting aside for utilities, rent, food, and other necessities. Once you know how much of your monthly income (or student loan) remains for other things, you’ll be able to budget yourself more strictly in terms of non-essential expenses.
Like I said earlier, I graduated from college 2 years ago and I miss it so much. Treasure your time in college and make the best out of it. Bon chance! xx Wendy