Advice to my undergrad self

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Disclaimer: This is just advice, not a full proof plan to success. Hope it helps! Now let’s get into this list!

#1. Do more internships

End of blog. That’s it. Nothing else.

No really, I can not stress enough on the importance of this!

Once you graduate, companies ignorantly expect you to have 2+ years of experience THE MOMENT you walk off the stage! It’s annoying, but the best way to combat it is to have a couple of internships under your belt OR to try to find a job before you graduate.

I’d advise you to start sophomore year, but if not try to do multiple internships at a time and plan your class schedule around your work/internship schedule (online classes are your friend…usually)

#2. Get out of your dorm/apartment!

Go to as many campus events as possible! Life gets a little uneventful once you graduate and finding things to do is more like a chore than a delight. Also, they normally have free food, and who doesn’t love free food!?

#3. Keep up with your student ID

For those times where restaurants, clothing stores, etc. offer student discounts… Even if you’re not a student anymore, what they don’t know won’t hurt them, right?

#4. Invest in people

You’ll soon realize some people were temporary friends just because you saw them often and liked them. If you find a group that adds to your life (and you add to theirs), invest in them, call and check on them and plan meet ups. Making friends after college is exhausting.

#5. Make a plan

But don’t be upset if it doesn’t work out. Look at the requirements for the jobs you’re interested in and start accomplishing them! Being a self-starter is something most businesses look for, it just sounds easier than what it really is!

 

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