A lot of students come out of their undergrad years poorly prepared to go out into the world. You would think those 4 or so years would have you fully prepared without too much extra work on your part. But that simply isn’t true! I’m learning that the hard way. I’ve got one semester of undergrad left and I just realized how unprepared I am last semester. But I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did so listen up if you’re still in school!
When I started college I considered joining all these clubs and what not because I wanted to make friends. Making and having friends is important to your social growth and to the building of a support system. I don’t doubt that. But the problem is, thats the only thing I was focused on other than my studies.
Over the years I would get all these emails from the career development center and the student success center about mock interviews, job fairs, resume workshops, time management workshops, and stress management workshops. Counseling services even had all these counseling groups that were focused on things like women empowerment, improving interpersonal skills, managing stress, managing negative thoughts/feelings/behaviors, sexual violence survivor support, LGBTQ support, and even just general emotional support. These are the kinds of things I should have been taking advantage of from the start. Though friends are important you need to focus on the real reason why you’re paying thousands of dollars or taking out thousands of dollars in loans to attend that school. You’re there to prepare yourself to get a job after graduation.
So like I said, make the most of your tuition and fees! Do not ignore those resources! They’re all put in place for you! To come out of college prepared for the world you only need to do one thing. WORK ON YOURSELF! You need to take a good look at yourself and figure out what your weaknesses are (Answer this: What are some things about me that might concern a potential employer?). After you’ve identified your weakness figure out what you need to do to make them strengths. If you don’t know how, ask somebody! There’s help all around you. Ask your most trusted professor after class. They are aware of helpful student resources and they can point you in the right direction. If you want to take a more independent route step into your student success center, your career development center, or your counseling/health center and see what services they have to offer you. Do not be afraid to ask for help and work on yourself. Now is the time! Nobody is going to judge you for making yourself a better person and preparing yourself for the workforce.
I promise you that if you make the most of your tuition and fees by taking advantage of your school’s resources intended to make you a better person and prepare you for the workplace you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way after graduation.
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