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How to get the most out of your undergrad experience

July 27, 2017

By Stephanie Wagner, USI Opportunity Development Communications Intern

Aside from high school, it is said that college can be the best four years of your life. For most, it is an opportunity to get out of your parents’ house and be independent for the first time. College can be a lot of fun, but it is also a time to prepare for your future.

Below are five ways you can get the most out of your undergraduate experience.

Build relationships with your professors

Your professors have a lot to offer and the majority can help you be more successful. Building a relationship with them not only improves your communication skills, but provides you with great references. And who knows, maybe they can help you land a position you have always dreamed of.

Apply for internships

Building relationships with professors means they could recommend you for an internship or write a letter of recommendation to a local company. Internships often turn into permanent positions. Even if they don’t, being an intern is a great opportunity to get experience in your field which makes you more marketable after graduation.

Be involved in extracurricular activities (and be a leader)

In addition to internships, being involved in extracurricular activities provides a unique experience. Being in a leadership position in an organization can teach time management and organizational skills as well as improve your communication.

Learn to socialize and build friendships

Excellent communication skills are almost expected from an employer standpoint. Taking an internship and being involved in extracurricular activities can help with this. Building relationships with your peers can improve your ability to informally communicate. This can allow conversations to flow more naturally and with ease.

Save money when you can

Your future self will thank you for this one. Graduation will approach quicker than you think. For some, the real world can come full speed ahead and hit like a ton of bricks. Saving a few dollars here and there can add up and put you in a better position financially when you graduate.

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