There are many people wanting to offer you advice about your college years. Here are 3 tips (plus a cute picture of a kitten):
There are so many people wanting to offer you advice about your college years. Well-meaning parents, fun-loving friends, and you’ve probably heard some great gems from your high school guidance counselor, too.
“Today is a gift – that’s why they call it the present!”
“Seize the moment!”
“Hang in there!” (This is probably displayed as a poster behind your guidance counselor’s desk, with a kitten dangling off a ledge).
At the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, we want to give you some actionable, doable advice for getting the most out of your college years. Here are 3 tips:
This phrase was actually coined by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in workplace empowerment; but the essential concept works here for college co-eds, too. Set goals for yourself, be ambitious, join in the college atmosphere. Check out any and all events on campus and participate! UALR has events like the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta and Homecoming. Go by the Stop and Sip: Free Water and Coffee on your way to class one morning or head over to UPC Movie Night after dinner. There are also multicultural events, scholarship workshops, comedian performances – you don’t want to miss it. Subscribe to the Office of Campus Life’s Event Calendar here. Put yourself out there, in new situations and atmospheres and make a pledge to soak it all in.
2. Join an on-campus organization for a cause you love
UALR has a variety of different student organizations. This is a great way to meet new people and create friendships based on common interests. Join the Anthropology Club or Arkansas Film and Music. A lot of these organizations, such as the Student Marketing Association or The Society of Women Engineers are usually based around degrees and departments, so you will be hanging out with people who are in a lot of the same classes as you. It is also a great way to network and get to know teachers and professors, who may be essential for a recommendation or two later on!
3. Take a class you’re interested in that is not included in your major
Maybe you want to learn how to communicate better (a necessity that will benefit all parts of your life). Maybe you are interested in the history of art, but don’t necessarily need it for that accounting degree. Broaden your scope of knowledge and take a class just because it will be fun or because it’s a topic you have always wanted to learn more about. Study a foreign language, even if it isn’t included in your program. UALR’s schedule of courses offers many different avenues to education, language, business, communication, and much, much more. Take advantage of it!