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Making the Most Out of the Wonder Years: 4 Tips That Make a Positive College Experience

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Time is the most precious resource at our disposal. It is irreplaceable, unique, and without it, we would be unable to create important experiences and memories. Although not all experiences are positive, most can be learning opportunities. These experiences can be kept in the back of your mind to help you in the event that a similar situation arises in the future.

While in high school, you can start to explore who you are and what makes you unique. It isn’t until college, however, that you are able to explore your personality away from the influences of your childhood. College isn’t just about learning in the classroom, it’s also about learning about life from another’s point of view. College affords you the chance to meet different people from different backgrounds, which gives you the unique opportunity to learn from another’s experience. In this respect, college is much different than high school. If you want to make your college experience an unforgettable and mostly positive one, here are some tips to make it happen:

Make Friends

Friends are one of the most important aspects of making your college experience positive. It is vital that you meet people from as many walks of life as possible, and make genuine friendships. These individuals can teach you many things about life, and can give you a different perspective on situations and unique cultures. Most importantly, this practice will enable to you further your interpersonal skills, providing you with invaluable communications techniques that will aid your future career.

Explore Your Surroundings

Sometimes, college life can be a bit overwhelming. A great way to alleviate some of this stress is to manage your extra time and travel, either alone or with a friend. Try exploring a local area you have never been to before, such as a park, a mountain range, a historical place, or a museum. Doing this will help to take your mind off of your stress, especially when a subject or class is particularly weighing on you. Being out in nature can help you reset your mind and clear the stress away, enabling you to refocus on your studies.

Attend Student Activities

For some, college life revolves around parties and similar social obligations. As an alternative to or in conjunction with this lifestyle, there are many school sponsored activities geared towards students. These activities can include academic clubs, school sports, student organizations, school fairs, outreach programs, or anything presented by your schools Students Association. By attending these events, you get the opportunity to learn new things, meet new friends, and represent your class or school during inter-school competitions. You also have the opportunity to strengthen yourself, both mentally and physically.

Be Brave!

Lastly, don’t be afraid of trying new things when you are afforded the opportunity. Whether it’s trying out a new activity, going on a blind date, or eating at a newly discovered pizza place, take it as an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. Being brave can be what makes your time in college worthwhile, and ensure it is a positive experience.

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