We have all been told “you will get out of it what you put into it”. And that timeless saying especially resonates at The Ohio State University. College, while a time to focus on academics, is also a time to explore the amazing resources your campus has to offer. In order to become the most holistic, comprehensive and well-rounded version of yourself, you need to make sure you are at least putting some of your energy into other activities and opportunities besides classes. Here is a list of recommendations for making the most out of your undergraduate career.
1. Join an Organization
I encourage you to find a club or organization that piques your interest, and see if you can visualize yourself as a leader one to two years down the line. Taking the time to look at the bigger picture of your four-year undergraduate experience will help you decide which organizations you want to invest your time and energy.
2. Make Friends with Like Interests
If you know what your interests and passions are early on, make sure to seek out friends who have those same interests. This will be extremely important as it will make going to events and meetings easier if you have a buddy. It will also be beneficial to have someone you can go to for advice, knowing someone is going through the same experience you are, and it builds your network of those within the same industry.
3. Get a Job
Getting a job will help you to learn how to juggle multiple responsibilities. Additionally, getting a relatively low-intensity job will help you to learn how to both speak professionally, and learn transferable skills that future internship and employers will value. Plus, it never hurts to make some extra money.
4. Do an Internship
An internship can give you technical experience, offer extra training, and develop you as a young professional. Additionally, you can build your network through an internship with others who are in a similar field as you. Most of all, with any internship, you can use that as an opportunity to figure out what you don’t like as well. Colleges are a place for you to try as many things as possible to help you narrow down what you want to do so you have a better idea before graduation.
5. Build a Professional Relationship
This can be a professor, a boss, internship supervisor or a club coordinator. If you actively seek out an organization, job or internship you will naturally network and build connections. However, if you are involved in multiple areas, you can narrow down and find a professional contact that you trust and enjoy communicating with and seek them out as potential mentor. Talk to them about your goals, ask them for advice and build a genuine connection. This will be great once you are looking for letters of recommendation.
Katie Turner is a senior from Columbus, Ohio. She is majoring in Strategic Communications. She is an account associate for The Practice and a member of PRSSA. She currently works as a marketing intern at Ohio State and a communications intern for a local PR firm in Columbus. She would one day like to own her own public relations consulting firm.