1. Studied Abroad
No doubt about it–my favorite semester. Studying abroad made me a happier, more cultured, independent student. I don’t understand why such a small percent of students study abroad. According to this article on Chronicle.com: only about 38% studied abroad during the summer, and 13% studied abroad for eight weeks or less during the academic year. Fewer than 4% of students spent the entire academic year abroad.
Studying abroad is life-changing, and it’s something I will always advocate. It is not an opportunity that any student should ever pass up.
Volunteering on and off campus is rewarding and eye-opening. My volunteer trips have introduced me to some really great, generous, happy people. The opportunities also open doors; last year I volunteered for the Commission on Presidential Debates leading up to and during the second 2012 Presidential Debate hosted at Hofstra University, and I got to meet and spend time with the producer of the debates, meet important politicians, and see what it’s like behind the scenes during preparation for such a historic national event. Volunteering is 100% positive for every party involved, and it puts some good energy back into the vicious cycle of a world that is focused on making millions and slaving their lives away just to buy things that only last a year or two. /endrant
3. Found a mentor
As a sophomore, I had a professor who took interest in my writing and asked me to share my papers for her to potentially use in her next textbook. She also proposed that I work with her on my senior research project and thesis. Two years later, we are still in touch, I still take her classes, ask her for career/academic advice, and this year we will be working on my thesis together. My professor turned into my mentor, advisor, and I hope she’s ready to deal with my inevitable freak-outs when the time comes to graduate and enter the real world.
4. Befriended people with the same major
Having friends in all of my classes, being familiar with all of the faces, attending events together, helping each other with schedules, professors, always being updated on missed meetings or classes, etc. It just makes everything easier.
5. Befriended people with different majors
I’m a mass media major involved in a medical club–doesn’t seem logical does it? But because my good friend is pre-med, and the club needed a PR chair, I found myself loving the organization and learning about things that I would hate to take a class on. I’m more involved on campus and with a great variety of interests.
6. Befriended the ladies at Omelette Pan
I mean, they give me extra cheese and extra bacon. I would consider that having the honor of calling the OP ladies my friends, is nothing but a great life accomplishment.
7. Befriended international students
I’ve traveled to Norway and Amsterdam to visit local friends who I met at Hofstra, and I know I have a place to stay if I ever go to Norway, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Brazil, Russia, Australia or New Zealand. More than just having places around the world to visit, these friends are unique and there are so many worldly things to learn from them. Oh, and might I mention that maybe (just maybe) befriending international students will lead to meeting a perfect boyfriend.
8. Became a Pride Guide
I couldn’t be more proud to be proud of my school, and being a pride guide is how I exercise bragging rights about my school. I’m able to meet prospective students and encourage them to come to Hofstra. I have a network of student leaders and fellow pride guides, and I have only positive things to say about my school.
9. Had an assigned random roommate
Freshman year was a year of firsts, including living with a stranger. Roommates are one of the biggest stress factors for freshmen, and it was no different for me. But it turns out I had the best roommate ever, and we got along swimmingly. We were totally opposite and perfectly the same in just the right areas, and living with her was one of my favorite things about freshman year.
10. Worked an on campus job
Even with an on campus job, I remained a stereotypical broke college student, BUT at least I was a little less broke than I would have been without it. Working for a department on campus also allowed me to work on my time management skills, learn more about my school and how it functions, add to my resume, and meet higher-ups, directors, and upperclass students, and make new friends–all while receiving a steady paycheck.
11. Loved the dorms
I never understood the students who hated dorms. They’re a place to live, sleep, party, make lifelong friends, and enjoy college. Where else could my floormates and I have shaving creamed our buddy when he passed out after a long night of drinking? And where else could we have had a sleepover in the hallway with nothing but a bag of Cheetos? Probably not many places. So take advantage of college dorms; love them, and have fun. Because it will house some of your favorite memories, and once you leave them, you will find yourself missing the atmosphere.
12. Made a fool of myself
I once threw up in a pizza box before we could eat the pizza. Sometimes, that’s what college is for.
- Alpha Chis Abroad (phichapteraxo.wordpress.com)
- The Study Abroad Process (sowhymorocco.wordpress.com)
- Studying abroad helps students gain an edge on fellow classmates (wysetc.org)
- Why do Students Leave their Countries to Study Abroad? (ilsboston.wordpress.com)
- College Tips for Freshman (equestrianoflife.com)
- College Tips Should You Study Abroads (collision26.wordpress.com)