The college experience program

Nicholas Saraceno is a Jersey boy currently attending Florida Atlantic University. He is a senior who is about to graduate with a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Business Administration. With a strong passion for audio production and sports broadcasting, Nicholas hopes to make it big in the world of radio one day.

After three and a half years at Florida Atlantic University, my college career is coming to an end. Graduation is less than a week away as I write this, and it still feels unreal to me. Many people say that college is the best time of your life and although that phrase has grown to be cliché, it hasn’t stopped being true.

I learned a plethora of invaluable lessons from semester to semester, so without further ado, here are a few of the most memorable ones, in no particular order of course.

1) Live in the moment – Sure, we all know how important it is to “check in” to one of your favorite college hot spots or to film 85 videos of a concert on campus; you may want to consider that decision. It’s apparent that we live in a society dominated by social media where people seem to compete for “likes” and “retweets,” but seriously, there’s no need to join the club. Think of it this way: when you’re telling stories to your children or grandchildren, do you want to be the person that crowd surfed at the T-Pain concert, or the one sending snaps behind a six-inch screen? Your call.

2) Get involved – You enter college with the mindset of “hey, it’s four years. I’ve got plenty of time to accomplish my goals.” Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. In all seriousness, it’s extremely important to start getting involved on campus freshman year. Every university offers hundreds of clubs and organizations, with each and every one of them specifically suited to someone’s interests. Knowing this, you’re practically guaranteed to make friends this way, which is one of a new college student’s biggest fears. Personally, I joined my school’s radio station. I was quite interested in sports broadcasting and to my delight, the station happened to have a sports department that was just starting out. A young program meant more opportunities for me to hone my skills as a broadcaster, while also developing a stronger relationship with my colleagues; it’s like a close-knit family. So go ahead and get yourself out there. You never know until you try.

3. Network, network, network – I know you won’t want to hear this as an 18 year-old, but the importance of networking is undeniable. There are many ways to meet new people in your field, from simply joining LinkedIn to job fairs. Be sure to check your school’s daily schedule or read their newsletter if they have one; these are sure to keep you up to date on what’s going on around campus. However, a route that I would highly recommend is participating in an internship, which allows you to “test the waters” for a field you may be interested in. The worst that can happen is that you realize that certain major isn’t for you before it’s too late. If you are lucky enough to land an internship that you thoroughly enjoy, carpe diem. Don’t shy away from asking questions and take on challenging tasks. Employers don’t value anything more than somebody who isn’t afraid to fail. If you exceed your superior’s expectations, you might even land yourself your dream job.

What are you waiting for? If you’re yet to try one or more of these suggestions, there’s no harm in doing so. I wish you luck throughout your college experience.

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