Cheryl graduated with honors from Binghamton University in 2007. She majored in Comparative Literature and minored in Theatre & Dance. She is an established Entertainer/Entrepreneur and has worked with various mainstream artists including Beyoncé, 50 Cent, & J-Lo. She owns NYC Talent Agency BigAppleDancers.com & GlitteratiBody.com Fashion Boutique. Full biography available at CherylMartinez.com
How important is having a social life in college? Some may say that academics is the number one priority but in my opinion social development during this stage of life is just as important. For many adolescents, college is the first time they learn how to take care of themselves. Everything from doing laundry to choosing what to food to put inside your body (we’ve all heard of the freshman 15) to the people we associate ourselves with, are all part of this crucial developmental stage.
Choosing your classes can and should be just as difficult as choosing your friends. College is the turning point in your life where you will begin to think about who you want to be, and who you will become. This is the time to choose a meaningful career that will shape your future, and this is the time to choose the people you want to be in your future. Form relationships with those who inspire you, encourage you, and stimulate you intellectually on your path to self discovery. Be careful of those who bring you down or pressure you into doing things against your morals and values. There is an abundance of social clubs, events, and activities in college. Manage your time outside of class wisely by trying to find a happy medium between studying and socializing. By accomplishing this you will receive the best possible college experience while building a strong network of people who share your passions and interests.
Some students get so caught up with their academic studies that they miss out on this huge opportunity for social growth and networking. College has so much more to offer than classes and homework, but it is up to you to put yourself out there and create the social life that is right for you. My sorority “Alpha Phi” was a significant part of my college experience. I served on the Executive Board as Director of New Member Education and as a Recruitment Counselor. Yes this took up a lot of my spare time, but the relationships I built from these social interactions have helped impact my success as an entrepreneur today. That college experience taught me how to manage a lot of females simultaneously which I now do at my talent agency in NYC. Being in a sorority also helped build my self-confidence as an entertainer by performing and choreographing for Greek life events.
I can honestly say that the social activities during college helped prepare me to go on auditions for singing, dancing, and acting jobs. Networking is so important in the entertainment industry, and many of my social interactions throughout college have enhanced my networking skills tremendously. I believe that knowledge and networking are key elements to success. College hands you those keys. Now it is up to you to unlock the right doors and begin your independent journey.