How to Make the Most Out of Your College Years

After a year on campus, I have learned from friends and upperclassmen what has made the greatest impact on the college experience. Here are tips that will help you make endless memories and enjoy these four years of your life.

  1. Live on Campus

When you live on campus, the proximity to campus events, other students, and local activities means you will be more likely to be involved in your school and make friends more easily. Living in the dorms will help you create community on campus with other students who are both similar to and different from you.

  1. Study Abroad or Take a GSL Trip

Within the course of my freshman year, I cannot express how many people recommended taking a GSL (Global Service Learning) Trip. It is on my list. Studying abroad allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, explore a different country, and an opportunity to bound with other students on the trip.

  1. Attend a Sports Event

Sports events are as much a school pride activity as it is a social one. Looking back on the year, I have made many memories with my friends at sports games. Even if you’re not a sports fan, come to a couple games with your friends to support your school.

  1. Take a Class Because It’s Interesting

Your college years are a time for you to indulge yourself in a diverse pool of experiences before going into the real world, including your courses. Take courses outside your major to expand your knowledge and experience. This past semester, I took the course Acting for the Musical and had the opportunity to join the school’s musical, West Side Story. It had been a great experience to learn acting and singing techniques, have a couple classes in NYC, and have the opportunity to perform the musical off-Broadway next fall.

  1. Get to Know Your Professors

Professors are experts in their fields and have a wide-range of experience. They will surprise you with their stories and what they have accomplished. Also, professors could give you career ideas and help you make connections.

  1. Make Friends with Your Complete Opposite

Going into college, I thought I would find more people who are like-minded and with similar interests than in high school. However, I soon learned that people who think differently than me, have different beliefs, and come from a different background have made a tremendous impact on me. I have learned more about myself and branched out from my comfort zone.

  1. Join an Organization

Join other people who are committed to something you love and believe in. You will make connections and friends. It will help you gain experience that will help you in your future, whether personally or professionally.


Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath
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One Response to How to Make the Most Out of Your College Years

  1. Tobias Armstrong says:

    I really like the tip to get to know your professors. I can honestly say that I learned more from professors that knew me personally than from those that just knew me as a face. Making friends with people who are different from you is a huge plus too. All of these were really great tips on how to make college successful, so I appreciate you sharing them. I really loved your insight.

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