With all of the packing, moving and for a lot of first-year students — being on your own for the first time — college can be a challenge. How do you get the most out of the college experience? How do you ensure that you are successful after school?
The best advice I got when it comes to college is to get involved — and to do so early. Don’t wait until you are a junior or a senior to do something in your field. Do it immediately!
As a freshman, I knew that I wanted to be a sports writer when I graduated, so I entered the Communication/Journalism program at Shippensburg. From there, I had no idea where to turn. How do you get from Point A to Point B?
I decided to join the campus radio station, WSYC, as a student-radio host. As a member of WSYC, I got to meet a ton of new people in my major, form some lasting friendships and work toward a career and do something that I was proud of. It was a great choice! Did I mention I was also a freshman?
WSYC opened the door to new opportunities, where I eventually saw an opening at the campus newspaper and became the sports editor of The Slate for three years. For me, that was like a dream come true. Being a part of The Slate, I got to travel to cover athletic events up and down the East Coast, multiple Field Hockey National Championships and two NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments.
Those experiences led to other opportunities, where I know freelance for multiple newspapers and have been given many great connections in my field and was even able to land an internship because of my work.
How Do I Get Involved?
Find something that interests you! Even if you aren’t sure if you will like it or not, college is a great opportunity to experience new things to see how you feel about them.
Campuses have numerous clubs, organizations and events that allow students an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. Take advantage of those!
Where Do I look?
Finding ways to get involved can be fairly simple. The following places are great places to start:
- Campus newsletter emails
- Flyers hanging in buildings
- Bulletin Boards
- Ask Friends
- Information Desks
- The Library
- Your Adviser
- Campus Department Chairs
The best thing you can do for yourself and your future is to get involved. Not only will it help you build your resume, as a student it makes the experience much more enjoyable and gives you an opportunity to make lasting friendships.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. College is a time for learning. You can learn just as much about yourself as you can in the classroom.
Don’t hesitate. Take the leap!