Some people go to college and focus solely on their schoolwork. That’s great and all; I have nothing against that really. But are you standing out by simply going to class and going home everyday?

Here are some reasons why you should think twice about just focusing on your academics during your college career.

Student Organizations

Most colleges have a vast variety of different student organizations and student activities available to you for no money at all. Once you get involved, you’ll always wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. You’ll be able to find what you’re passionate about and immerse yourself in that organization. It may even change your life and you’ll be able to thank me once you do.

Besides, some jobs like seeing a full resume. Being a part of an organization at school helps them see that you have worked for free and that you’ve put your heart into something for the sake of just getting involved and gaining experience.

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On-campus Jobs

Whether it’s becoming a Resident Assistant or working as a front desk attendant at the recreation center, getting an on-campus job can be extremely beneficial. You’ll not only be able to meet more people and make great connections for your future, but you’re also going to be able to get job experience. And who knows, you might even have a change of mind or heart in terms of your goals in college and life.

The more experience that you have, the better off you’ll be. So take some time to get to know the different offices around your school. Some of them may be hiring. You won’t want to miss that.

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Most of us go to school for 4 years. What good are you doing if you just go to class and go home every day? Why not take some time after class one day to explore the campus outside of your orientation day? There may be beautiful buildings or statues around that you’ve never seen before, or even places that the orientation team didn’t show you for a reason.

Make it a point to go and find those places. It’ll help you understand the value of your place of education a little more and you’ll be able to appreciate education altogether.

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Learning Atmosphere

I’m a huge believer that the biggest and best places that learning occurs are actually outside of the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, in-class discussions and lectures sometimes cannot be replaced. But the greatest place that you can learn is in those positions where you’re gaining hands-on experience in the field that you’re interested in. Internships are great for this because they give you the best kind of training before you even graduate college, and that’s the stuff that you’re going to take with you in your career.

Another place to learn is the Internet. There are so many sources that you can use to utilize self-learning. Teaching yourself things is the best feeling. You gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and you’re learning in the process, oftentimes these are the things that aren’t even taught in the classroom. TED Talks, Khan Academy, Google Scholar, HackCollege, the possibilities are endless.

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