College mistakes

Morgan McFarland is a Valdosta State University graduate with a Bachelors in English with emphasis in Journalism. While in college, she has written for The Spectator, the university’s newspaper, and a few other publications with other campus organizations. After college, She moved to Orlando, Fla. to pursue an internship with MarketVision Gateway Research, Inc. as their designated Research Blogger. She also took on the role as a Fast Food Examiner for She currently resides in Decatur, Ga.

1. Choosing the “Right” Major
Pursuing a college education can be challenging, especially when a person doesn’t know what career path they want to choose. One major step that should help you decide what you will be doing for the rest of your life, and essentially help avoid being a college graduate working a part-time retail job, is to do research on the job industries you are interested in. By doing your research, you can have a flexible outline of how graduate life will be.
A. Start looking at the increase of jobs in that field by the time you will graduate. This will guarantee a job for your future versus a job that will only have limited job opportunities from your graduation point.
B. Look at the promotional possibilities, this is so you won’t suffer from doing the same projects on a daily basis for the rest of your life.
C. Research the salary for entry and senior level positions. Make sure the job is a passion of yours; however, it should also be beneficial. Whether you are just starting your career or at the highest promotional level possible, you should be able to live a stable and consistent lifestyle off of the salary given.

2. Freshman Fifteen
This is a simple fix. DO NOT OVER EAT! In college you will be presented with numerous chances to indulge in every type of food there is. From fast food to the food they serve on campus, it will be EVERYWHERE. Countless people will think it’s something quick to eat between studying, but too much Chick-fil-A every 3 hours on class breaks isn’t necessarily a balanced diet. It is a major mistake to walk in the campus’ food halls and think it’s a buffet. Pace yourself. It will be there all year. Talk to an upperclassman and they will be happy to let you know for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you will have the option to never eat the same thing twice all year. That’s how much food there is on and around campus. For the first two weeks of college, try planning when and what you will eat daily; therefore you won’t find yourself with 3 plates at lunch just because you can. It will save you the money and a few embarrassing questions from your family the next time you visit home.

3. Not Getting Involved on Campus
Many students think college is all about receiving excellent grades and graduating, but what sets makes you better than the person sitting next to you at your graduation? In order to set yourself apart, try joining an organization. There is literally an organization for anyone on most college campuses. Attempt to join one that benefits your future career. For example, if you want to be a dentist, join a pre-dental organization, or if you want to be a politician, try joining your college’s SGA committee. These organizations can build your resume, help you meet tons of people in your freshman year, and give you that lead to future opportunities you may have. At some point you may feel like devoting your first couple of years to an organization and school will be boring and too much to handle, but you will learn quickly that these organizations aren’t just about business. They have their time to plan campus wide activities and party like the rest of the school, just in moderation. Don’t be scared to go to college and essentially be there for college. That’s kind of the point.

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