INCOMING FROSHIES. Take heed. This is possibly some of the best pieces of advice I’ve read… And I’ve read A LOT.
The college experience is unlike any other. Don’t spend it trapped studying in the library worrying about the future. Before you go back to school in a few weeks, here are a few tips to get the most out of your college career:
- Pick Your Major Carefully. English Literature. Spanish. History. Those all require a huge amount of time and won’t get you a job. Think Econ. No papers. No labs. No bullshit. For the most part, its one scranton test at the end of the semester and you’re finished.
- Class Schedule. Make it Tuesday through Thursday. On your four-day weekend, pack your laptop and piece out. You can write a term paper just as easily backpacking through the Grand Canyon as you can in your dorm room.
- Bring your car. After tuition, rent and food, gas should be your next biggest expense. If you need to cut back, try buying your books through Amazon (way cheaper than your campus bookstore). We live in a beautiful country. Go see it.
- Join a Club. Your roommates are going to be weird. They all are (mine constantly masturbated to anime). The easiest way to find cool friends who share your wanderlust is to join a club. You’ll get more out of it if you take a leadership role.
- Study abroad. Even if you’re not a big traveler this is a key experience. There will be a million excuses: sports, job, money. Suck it up and go. You’ll come back a better person.
- Find your art class. College is a bureaucracy. In every bureaucracy there are loop holes. Mine was art classes. They gave 5 credits and you graded yourself. It gave a nice little bump to my GPA. Find your loop hole.
- The power of independent study. You’ll be assigned a professor to overlook your work. Its important to make this guy your new best friend. You’ll be relying on him to write you a letter of rec. Super important if you’re thinking about grad school.
- Do an internship. Its depressing but you’ll find out that employers don’t give a shit about your GPA. They want work experience. Chanel your inner Monica Lewinsky and suck (not literally) up to the boss. This is your best shot at a job right out of college.
- Get creative about making money. In college, I never filled out a W-4 but I made plenty of money. I was a sponsored triathlete, sold bike seat covers, and brokered land deals to developers. There’s a million ways to make money that don’t involve serving coffee at Starbucks.
- Don’t let your shoestring budget control your life. Living cheap in college will be in vogue. But if you let your bank account run your life, you won’t have a meaningful experience. The last check you write before you graduate should bounce.