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Have A Satisfying College Experience

1. Learn

Learn. Learn as much as you can. For many people, college is the last time in their lives when academics take center stage. This might sound great if you're in the midst of cramming for the SAT or working on your admissions essay, but paying attention to your academics in college will be rewarding in many ways. If you're not a "learning is its own reward" person, focus on the fact that the more you learn, and the better you do in school, the better your chances are of securing a great job down the road. In some careers, you may even end up providing a transcript as part of your job application. So think twice before cutting class.

2. Meet people

A lot of people say that they learned more from the students around them than they did from any of their classes. Whether or not this turns out to be true for you, another aspect of college that makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience is the community of people you'll be living with. Take the opportunity to get to know about people from different parts of the world.

3. Take risks

Whether it's going abroad for a semester, or taking skydiving lessons, do something outside your comfort zone during college. You need something for the stories you'll tell in the future about your days as a crazy college student, right? And beyond the potential for spinning a good yarn, taking the opportunity to do something that seems unlike the you in high school may teach you that there's more to you than even you knew.

4. Prepare for the future

While you should invest as much as possible of yourself in the present moment of your college experience, you should also give some thought to what you'll do on the other side of the graduation platform. Visit the career services office. Talk to a favorite professor about how he chose his career at your age. Get a couple of internships during your time at school. You might find something you love during an internship, which could lead to a job down the road. Or, you might find that what you thought you'd love is really not for you. Either way, it's good information to have.

5. Take care of your health

No, this doesn't mean sit inside on Friday night and do nothing but eat broccoli, but it's easy to lose perspective on taking care of your self in the intensity that is undergraduate life. There is so much you need to do, and so much you want to do that sleep and nutrition might not even come up as priorities for you. But you can't do anything if you get the flu or mono, so balance your flurry of activity with some solid sleep and nutrition.