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Freshman advice I wish I had taken

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at OK State chapter.

Go to the career fair. It is never, ever to early to attend. At this point, you’re not even looking for a job but it is invaluable practice. You don’t want to be the only senior showing up and not having a clue what t do. That’s when it matter so make sure you’re prepared by having gone before and knowing what to expect.

Join clubs and organizations. It’s important to have many options and experience you can add stuff to resume. Make sure it’s stuff that is really beneficial and you actually enjoy, too. The more of a commitment you can make the better it’ll serve you in the long run. Before you know it senior year will be here and you’ll be struggling to make a quality resume.

Don’t take that nap. I know you want to. I know it’s hard not to because you have plenty of time now. But there are at least 10 other things you could be doing. As long as you stay busy you’ll realize you really aren’t that tired. A nap isn’t necessary. You don’t need it as much as you think you do. You can still sleep later.

Be social. Go out, hang out with friends. Netflix will still be there later. College only lasts four years. It’s important to find a good balance between your social life and school. You don’t wan too focus too much on one or the other.

Take as many summer internships as you can. Internships give you copious amounts of experience and are often more related to your field of study than a part-time job in your college town may be. Only work during the school year if you really have to. I understand it is necessary for some to have jobs. If that’s the case then do your best to find a job that gives you experience and will look good on your resume. Otherwise, a job can make you more stressed and take away time you could be investing in on-campus organizations.

Study abroad. I know it can be a hard decision. It’s expensive, scary and you don’t want to miss out on anything in your college town. Try a four or six week summer program. You still get the full experience, but it’s usually less expensive and because it is during the summer you won’t miss much back home.

Always, always, always follow up with your connections. Networking is one of the most important skills to have. If there is anything you’ll regret once you begin the jobs search, it’s not keeping up with the many professionals you’ve met throughout your college career. If you already have an established relationship then it is much easier to utilize that connection in your job search. You don’t want it to seem like you’re only contacting them to get a job.





I am a sophomore multimedia journalism major at Oklahoma State. Originally from Fort Worth, Tx. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. I love photography and anything vintage!