Your Ultimate College Experience Bucket List
For most people, the college years are some of the best years of life. To ensure that you make the most out of your college years, here’s a list of “must have” college experiences that guarantee to transform you into an all-rounded individual who’s ready to take the 21st-century workplace by storm.
- Visit countries abroad
Give in to your wanderlust and take some time off to explore the world. Apart from gaining an endless stream of Instagram-worthy photos, visiting a foreign country allows you to learn about different cultures, practices and languages, thereby broadening your worldview and perspective on life in general. Also, a relaxing trip abroad is sure to make you feel refreshed, recharged and ready to take on the next difficult assignment coming your way!
- Volunteer for a worthy cause
Your time at college isn’t just about excelling at your studies, it’s also about learning the joy of giving. There are many less fortunate people or those in need of help, and you can do your part by volunteering for a good cause. Help out at soup kitchens, spend time at homes for the elderly, join a disaster relief programme and assist children in rural areas with their studies. These experiences don’t just build character, they make your professional portfolio shine and give you an edge over others when you eventually join the workforce.
- Take on a part-time job
Give yourself an early start in the corporate jungle by taking on a role that would allow you to hone your skills and grow your knowledge in your area of study. For example, if you’re studying journalism, interning as a cub reporter will sharpen your reporting, writing and language skills. You will also be able to learn about office culture, gain a wide network of contacts, and become familiar with standard work processes related to your area of study. Most importantly, these experiences help you build a stellar resume early on and speak volumes about your initiative. And there’s the extra pocket money to boot!
- Join student organisations
Regardless of your interests, every college has a wide variety of student organisations, clubs and societies to cater to your needs. Join the Tennis Club if you enjoy the sport, get together with like-minded art enthusiasts through the Art Club, or tune in to your spiritual side by joining a religious society. Student organisations allow you to develop your management and leadership skills, especially if you’re part of the Board, and these skills will prove handy when you join the workforce in the future. Either way, they give you the opportunity to indulge in your hobbies or interests, enrich your social life and take your mind off study and exam stress.
- Live in college dormitories
Nothing is closer to college life than dorm living. In fact, some even consider it the ultimate college experience! Many students study at colleges that are situated far from home and in the absence of family, the only people you can count on to help you adjust to college life are your peers. Basic facilities aside, you’ll find yourself widening your social network, bonding over shared interests (or pet peeves!), and gaining new life experiences together. More importantly, living in dorms means you’ll always have people joining you as you navigate your way through the ups and downs of college life.