Advice from a Graduate: 7 Ways to Make the Most Out of College

Advise from a graduate: 7 ways to make the most out of college by Rebekah Anne

Hey Gorgeous! Today, Rebekah is taking over the blog and sharing some ways that helped her get the most out of her college experience. I really enjoyed this post and I think you will too. It definitely gave me some things to think about when it comes to getting the most out of this experience. It definitely is the time of our lives and we should make all of the memories that we can because all too soon college will be over. That’s when we will be wishing that we had done more. College is a once in a lifetime thing, have no regrets and just do it!

Hey there! My name is Rebekah, I’m the blogger behind Rebekah Anne, a life and style blog. I graduated in 2012 (feeling super old right now) from Brigham Young University Idaho with a bachelors degree in communication.

It’s definitely been a while since my college days, but I feel like I can actually start reflecting on my experience and share some words of wisdom with those still in college. Like every stage of life, I had ups and downs in college and it’s definitely taken some time to turn those downs into positive experiences. I want to share my tips for making the most out of your college experience so that it doesn’t take you three years of pondering and reflecting to really enjoy college and all that it taught you.

Advise from a graduate: 7 ways to make the most out of college by Rebekah Anne
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1. Make solid friends. I only have a handful of friends from college that I still communicate with regularly, but those that I have stayed in touch with mean the world to me. I loved being a part of the special moments in my friends lives and having them at special times in my life. I always know that there is someone I can turn to – no matter how far apart we live.
2. Take school seriously. First and foremost you are attending college to get an education and you need to treat it that way. There will always be parties or events to go to, and I totally believe that you should have an excellent social life, but remember that you won’t have another opportunity to take your test but there will always be another party. Study hard, get good grades and then party all. night. long.
Advise from a graduate: 7 ways to make the most out of college by Rebekah Anne
3. Join a new group. My sophomore year I changed my major and started my path on journalism. I joined our school newspaper, Scroll, and continued working on it until graduation. I can’t tell you how amazing that experience was. Not only was it an excellent environment to learn in, but I also had real-world experience when I graduated. I went into my first job feeling so confident that I could do what was being asked of me because I already had 3+ years of experience!
4. Take hard classes. This might be the opposite of what you want to do, but it’s something you’ll never regret (unless it’s a hard math class, then my advise is run away!) I have always regretted dropping out of my graphic design class because I was intimidated. Remember that teachers always make their classes out to be really difficult on the first day to drive away people who aren’t serious…like me… Stick with it for a week or two and if it still isn’t for you drop it and move on. At least you know you tried.
Advise from a graduate: 7 ways to make the most out of college by Rebekah Anne
4. Room with people you love. I have had good roommates and bad roommates and I can tell you it is not worth living with people who make you miserable! I almost moved out of my apartment one semester with only two weeks left because my roommates made me feel so terrible about myself. I swore I would never let myself be in that situation again. Then I roomed with these awesome girls and my life was so much better! I had a constant group of friends around and we all had so much fun together.
Advise from a graduate: 7 ways to make the most out of college by Rebekah Anne
5. Venture outside of your major. It is so easy to get a long with people who think the same way that you do, but it’s even better to experience other ways of thinking. My freshman year my roommate and I traveled with a group to Las Vegas to help campaign in the 2008 elections (I know, I’m so old!!) It was an awesome experience because neither of us were doing anything in politics at the time. I ended up minoring in political science partially due to this trip.
6. Don’t go home every weekend. This was one of my pet peeves in college. I was 12 hours away from my parent’s house so I only went home on the holidays or for the break between semesters. However, I had a lot of roommates who were only 2-4 hours from home and went home almost every weekend. I was very selfish and hated this because it meant we couldn’t hang out, but I also feel like they missed out on a lot of the social aspects of college. The weekends are when you can really get out and do stuff, build friendships and make memories. Don’t give that up just because you need to do laundry. Use a couple quarters and have fun with your friends!
Advise from a graduate: 7 ways to make the most out of college by Rebekah Anne
7. Don’t be afraid to fall in love. I met my husband in college and we got married my junior year and his sophomore year. A lot of people might disagree with this and say that it’s best to go through college either single or only dating so that you have the freedom to do what you want, but I think going through it married is amazing. Once we were married we didn’t need to stay out super late just hanging out. We were able to study together and focus on school instead of feeling like we needed to do all the dating things. We had a constant support system and when things got really tough we always had each other. That being said, you don’t have to get married in college to have those things. Do what it right for you and where you’re at in your life!

I hope that you can take these things and use them to better your own college experience if you are entering or continuing your college education. If you have graduated from college already, are there any other things that you think should be added to this list?

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