Whether you’re heading into your first-ever round of post-secondary education or returning to school for even more time in the classroom, it’s important to start with a strong foundation.
There’s a lot of new information to absorb, and you may find it all a little overwhelming!
Not really sure how to make the best of the next few years?
Start with these steps.
As a new student, this post-secondary adventure may be the first time you’ve had to learn without the structure of the school bell – or a high level of engagement from parents or peers.
If you’re a returning student, you may have forgotten how easy it is to overlook key dates or lose track of important information.
Find a method that helps you keep track of your class schedule and other commitments, whether it’s an agenda, digital calendar, app, or some combination of all three.
Getting organized isn’t just a good way to stay productive. It can also help you identify spare time you have left over for other activities.
Your post-secondary experience will go by in a flash. Make the most of that time by getting involved – this experience can be incredibly valuable when you face the school-to-work transition.
Working on- or off-campus is a great way to gain some extra money while building work experience, while volunteer work can enable you to pursue a personal commitment and build new connections to your community.
Both kinds of involvement allow you to build meaningful experience. This is great evidence of your time management and teamwork skills and will be a definite asset when you are looking for work.
Another way to get involved is to join or create a club. This is a great way to meet new people on campus while demonstrating some initiative and leadership! (It’s also a great way to get a break from the books.)
Build relationships with your profs
You’ll have many opportunities to make new friends at school! Don’t forget to focus on building relationships in other areas, too.
Networking with instructors may sound like a task for a teacher’s pet, but it’s important to make connections outside of your peer group where you can. Connecting with your instructors can help you uncover promising positions (as a Research Assistant, for example) and position you for success if you plan on heading to grad school.
Of course, your instructors teach hundreds (if not thousands) of students, so it’s important to be mindful of their time. As with any effective networking, make sure you have a specific goal – and aren’t wasting anyone’s time or overstepping boundaries.
Attend on-campus events
Take a break from the books every now and then to get involved and participate and attend on-campus events.
This is a great way for you to meet new people and de-stress. Developing new interests and connecting with new people is a great way to expand your horizons and get a better sense of where you’d like to go in the future.
Make sure to save some time to have fun in between all the tests and schoolwork!
By taking advantage of some of the things above, you’ll be sure to have an optimal and fully rounded school experience, and be fully-prepared to enter the working world upon graduation!