Good advice for students

Hey everyone! My name is Adam – I am a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh graduating with a degree in Public Relations and minor in Journalism. I love new opportunities and having an active role on campus. From involvement in my fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, to being a Resident Assistant in freshman housing, there never seems to be a dull moment, and that has made me truly love my college experience

Coming in to college, I had so many questions. Honestly, I had more questions than I knew I could ever get the answers to. But that is a good thing. That is something that comes with any new adventure in life, and college is definitely one of the bigger ones you will undertake.

As with anything, it is always good to have questions, but how many questions – if they are the right questions, will get you to where you want to be in life? This is something I still struggle with today, but not when thinking about college.

College is about opportunity and more importantly, taking advantage of that opportunity. I never found the answer to my questions until I began acting on opportunity and turning them into beneficial experiences. Let me give you an example: When I first got to school, I was bored out of my mind. I was wondering, “why have I heard so many great things about this school? It’s so boring, I want to transfer,” etc. I was dead set on transferring until I applied for and received a job as a Resident Assistant. I came back the next year to give it a try and, before I knew it, I was in love with the college, my job, and the people around me.

This spurred my growth as a college student. The reason it spurred my growth is because it led me to new opportunities and now, after seeing how beneficial getting involved can be, I made sure I took any intriguing opportunity that came my way.

The message I am hoping to get across to my readers and more importantly, to high school students or college freshman, is that you will not enjoy where you go to school unless you take advantage of what the school has to offer. No employer after college is going to care about your outstanding 4.0 grade point average or the honor societies you were inducted in to because of your GPA. Employers care about what you did and the many different things you were involved with on campus.

Anyone can get through college by just going to class. There is nothing extraordinary about that. However, not everyone can get through college as a student, an employee, a volunteer, a club member, etc. Those are the people that employers are looking for and those are the people that will find their college years well spent and beneficial to their own development.

I was never a person who thought they were going to get involved in college, but the people around me made me realize the chances I had at my doorstep and I am proud to say that I took advantage of those chances. I would not be the person I am today, have the friends I have today, and know all the things I do today, if I hadn’t made the decision to become an active student on my campus at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Don’t let opportunity pass you by, even if you think it might be silly or if other people have said negative things about it – you never know what will come of the experience.

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