It’s that time of the year again; kids are scuttling around with their college applications, hoping to make it into their dream college. All of us look forward to college; I know I did. It’s that phase of life where we have a reasonable amount of freedom and aren’t at the constant beck and call of our parents. We might be on a loose leash, but we’re still at liberty to lead life on our own terms. It’s exciting because you’ll have so many new experiences and make amazing memories. At the same time, you’ll do stupid things but when you look back, you’re going to have a good laugh.
I went to college totally oblivious as to what to expect, because all people say is that you’re finally doing a course you like and college life is going to be so much fun. (Ha ha ha! How I wish it was just that!) After finishing my first year of college, I did learn that there is so much more to it than what you might think. So, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of how college really is, as I share with you five things I learned about college, so that you are prepared for what’s to come. Or if you’re already in college or a graduate, I hope you can relate.
1. College is not a piece of cake.
As much as you think that you’re studying a course you like, college is definitely not easy. Some of you might be getting your first C’s and D’s here; I did too. But don’t fret, because it’s completely normal. The course content might be complex, professors are ALWAYS stingy with grades, and you’ve got so much to balance in college that bad grades shouldn’t come as a surprise. Although, what’s important is that you learn to pick yourself up. You can’t have bad grades forever. Talk to your professors to see where you should improve, take some time out to study and improve in what you’re lacking. It’s great to have fun, but there will be days when you’re going to despise those textbooks and long sleepless nights. All you should know is that it is part and parcel of the plan, and your efforts will definitely pay off in the end.
2. Take up internships and volunteer, get out of your comfort zone!
You’re at a stage in life where you’re most productive, so why not channel some of that productivity into something worthwhile? As you gear up for life ahead, doing internships will definitely give you a heads up as to what to expect as you progress career-wise. And I’m not just saying this as an excuse to keep yourself occupied. Doing internships helps build your portfolio; a number of companies consider this during placements, so if you want them to pick you, prove to them why you’re worth it. Nobody forces anything on you in college; it’s up to you to shape how you grow. Volunteer and do your bit for society. It’s time to get out of your little cocoon of comfort and explore what’s out there. Not only does engaging in activities like this keep you occupied, but you get to meet new people, learn new things, and grow holistically. So don’t be shy to embrace what’s out there!