Saturday, July 9, 2011

10 Things You Should Do Before You Graduate

1. Study

At least once during your college career, you should make an effort to study. You are paying for it after all. And remember all of those movies where nobody thinks the slacker can pass the final exams, but they cram really hard, pass the exam, get the girl, and live happily ever after. That could be you!

2. Go on a date

You’d be surprised how many college students forget about this one. While studying is good, part of the college experience is meeting new people. You definitely won’t meet new people if you lock yourself in your dorm room and study all the time. Honestly, will your friends and family be more impressed that you graduated with a 4.0 or that you found a boyfriend/girlfriend?

3. Stay up all night

I’m just suggesting an all-nighter. Whether you spend it studying or partying is totally up to you. For the adventurous, I’d suggest mixing it up and doing at least one of each. Seeing the sunset and sunrise without sleeping is an essential part of the college experience.

4. Take a road trip

Being away from home is a big part of what makes college so fun. However, even college can get boring after awhile, so gather up some friends and take a road trip. Spontaneous or planned — it doesn’t matter. The next time you have the urge to get out of town, just call up some friends and go!

5. Go somewhere for Spring break

This is the last time you’re going to have Spring break unless you become a teacher or professor, so make the most of it. Go somewhere you’ve never been before or party with your friends for an entire week.

6. Travel abroad

If you haven’t caught on yet, college is a great time to travel. Most college students don’t have to worry about things like taking care of kids or paying the bills yet, so this is great time to travel abroad and experience different cultures. It’s also great because college students can save a lot of money by staying in hostels while traveling abroad.

7. Play full campus capture the flag

This may sound a little strange, but trust me — it’s awesome. It doesn’t have to be limited to capture the flag. You can play hide and seek or freeze tag if you want. The key is to make sure it involves your campus in some way. This is a great way to discover parts of campus you’ve never seen before, and it’s fun seeing the look on other people’s faces as they try to figure out what’s going on.

8. Get an internship

I’ve talked about why internships are a college student’s best friend, and it’s true.Internships give you valuable experience that you just can’t get in a college classroom. You’ll gain real world experience that will help you decide what career path to pursue. It will help in your job search as graduation approaches, because you will already have real world experience under your belt.

9. Leave a mark

No, I’m no advocating vandalism, although that’s a pretty good way to leave a mark on something. What I’m really talking about is leaving a mark on your school. This could be anything from participating in campus clubs or events, doing research for a professor, or scratching your initials in a table at your favorite hangout. (I’m a hypocrite.) The point is to leave your name on something you accomplished associated with your school. What’s the point of going to college if you don’t contribute anything to it?

10. Say goodbye

If there’s one thing to remember to do before you graduate, it’s this one. Many people look back at college as the best years of their lives, and this is usually because they shared them with some great friends. As we all know, even the best friendships grow apart sometimes, especially when you move away to different cities, states, or even countries. Be sure to have one last get together with your friends because you never know when you’ll all be in one place again. 

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