em>This is the fifth and final post of the Incoming Freshmen Series. Read our introduction and our first post on style, second post on finance, third post on partying, and our fourth post on studying for more information.
In high school, I was a superstar. Not to brag, but the awful high school experience many were glad to escape by entering college wasn't one I experienced. I was elected homecoming king, served as senior class president, and did well academically. I had more friends than I could count, a successful part-time job, and at one time, I considered going to college closer to home so I can continue my social, economic, and all-around success.
But I didn't. Because I knew that college was different from high school. I could still pursue the activities I loved - like student government - but the roles and responsibilities were different. My college was 10x larger than my high school, which still boasted a respectable 5000+ kids. In no way would I know 20% of the University of Florida like I knew 20% of my high school.
And with that, the environment changed. There was no Smokey Bones in Gainesville, so I had to start looking for work, and work that would actually benefit me instead of just a paycheck. I was building the resume for my life now - not just one to turn in for an assignment. Below the jump are some tips to help make the transition from networking with friends and colleagues in high school to networking for life in college.