Tiffany grew up in Indiana, but moved down to South Florida right after high school. She attended The University of Central Florida where she obtained her bachelor’s in marketing. She is currently pursuing a career in her hometown as a Marketing Analyst. Along with marketing, Tiffany also enjoys writing and is always looking for ways to self-improve. Tiffany is a true-blue Hoosier who has a soft spot for coffee, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, snow, and the Midwest.
College! It’s without a doubt one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences you will ever undergo in your educational career. Although you probably won’t realize it at the time, college plays a huge part in shaping the rest of your life. As a college newbie, you have so much to look forward to. You are given the opportunity to get excited and motivated about something other than just school.
If taken advantage of, college can offer you more than just an education. Colleges everywhere pride themselves on providing endless opportunities for students. Granted, most of the time, these opportunities are FREE! Besides offering free services such as cover letter and resume critiquing and/or seminars on how to land an internship (very important and most crucial to your future success), most colleges also provide students with free entry into events such as football games and school-sponsored concerts – all very popular and sought-after events. These events are colleges’ gift to you! These events are perfect for freshmen because everyone, regardless of what year they’re in, attends. It’s a great way to let loose, but is also the perfect environment for meeting people Unfortunately, most first-year students won’t take advantage of these opportunities because one, they lack friends, two, they feel intimated, three, they feel overwhelmed, or four, they fear rejection.
As somebody who has been in that position, I understand not wanting to leave your dorm because you feel intimidated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get easier. Staying cooped up in your dorm isn’t going to make college memorable and believe me it doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, it will cripple you, and before you know it, a year will have gone by and you will have realized you have yet to participate in any of the opportunities offered by your college. By not participating, you are not only hurting yourself professionally, but you’re also hurting yourself socially. College is all about finding one’s self and learning how to balance work with pleasure. If you’re all work and no play, you won’t be living it up and honestly that’s what college is for. Besides getting your degree and becoming a successful and prospering individual, college is all about networking (relationship-building), making memories, and taking chances.
Believe it or not, the events put on by your college are there to assist everyone, but especially freshmen, in finding and making friends. Colleges realize freshmen have a hard time adjusting and that’s why they strive to pull everyone out of their shell. If you attend the events early on in the year, every freshman that attends will be looking for the same thing: friends, which is why it’s so crucial that you step out of your comfort zone early on. I can almost promise you that you will have a significantly easier time finding and making friends during these events than you would trying to pinpoint who you think you might have “chemistry” with in your classes.
If you attend the events with a smile, a friendly demeanor, and a can-do attitude, you will at least be confident, motivated, and determined enough to talk to people (if they don’t come up to you first) and maybe you’ll be the one initiating the connect and generating friendships.
Remember this: There’s more to college than just a degree. You should leave college with a degree, a polished cover letter and resume, career related knowledge, but most importantly, you should leave college with a plethora of belly laughing, unforgettable memories stemming from friends you made over the years.
BE BRAVE, BE YOU, BE UNFORGETTABLE!