5 Key Factors for Every Freshman

Kari Fuhrmann graduated from the University of Tampa’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in August 2014. She graduated from the University of South Florida (in Tampa, FL) with B.A. in English and a minor in Journalism in June 2012. As of recent, she is working at the University of Tampa and plans to continue a career working in collegiate and academic settings. She is also currently working on a collection of short stories, as well as several short stories in which she hopes to send out to publications soon.


Freshman year can be thrilling yet nerve-wracking. There’s a lot of newfound independence and freedom that you didn’t have in high school. It’s the door to adulthood. This is the year that life really throws you through a loop, but with all the stress that comes with freshman year of college, it’s important to remember a few key factors that some college students forget and ultimately regret not doing sooner.


Don’t be that senior scrambling to organize his or her resume and portfolio. Remember that college is about taking advantage of as many educational opportunities as you can and it’s never too early to start thinking ahead of the game. Here’s a few key things I regret not taking advantage of my freshman year of college.


  1. Resume and Portfolio. Your mind should constantly be on your resume and portfolio. It’s important to think of activities or internships to put on your resume. It’s also extremely important to build your portfolio. A portfolio displays your talents. College should be a place to develop and mold your craft, so that when you are approaching the end of your senior year in college you’ll be prepared to apply for your dream job with your extensive resume and portfolio in hand.


  1. Internships. College comes with a lot of coursework and adding an internship on top of your coursework can be difficult to manage, but internships are extremely important. They’re where you’ll expand your knowledge and get hands on experience in the work place. A lot of companies and hiring managers look for recent graduates with internship experience. However, there is a lot of students who are hesitant to apply for internships since they’re unpaid. In the long run experience triumphs over the downside of hard work with no pay. More important, internships look great on a resume!


  1. Mentors. Professors are not just your teachers. They should be thought of as a mentor. Find a professor that inspires you and you aspire to be like. Get to know this professor. Pick their brain. Find out what their educational experience was like and what professional advice they have to give. Professors can lead you into the right direction for the career you want, and they also have great advice on the dos and don’ts of college and what classes and internships to take to advantage of during your college career.


  1. Network. Networking cannot be stressed enough. It’s important to find a community of like-minded individuals. Networking gives you the opportunity to possibly build new partnerships, and, most importantly, networking can be the biggest key to finding jobs.


Clubs and/or Academic Fraternities. Clubs and academic fraternities are not just excellent for your resume. They are also beneficial for your college experience. It’s difficult not to go into college with independence and freedom on the mind and it’s also difficult not to go in thinking of the mass amount of hard work you have to put into the coursework, but it’s also imperative to find a way to enjoy yourself while molding your resume. Clubs and academic fraternities kill two birds with one stone. They are a brilliant way to meet new people your first year of college and, as always, they look great on your resume

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