Before we embark on the college journey, we all receive numerous pieces of advice from those around us. “Don’t party too much!”, “Go to class!”, “Study hard!” etc. These tips may seem self-explanatory, definitely not anything earth shattering, but how seriously do we really take these statements? It’s pretty funny actually, because a lot of times, we don’t at all. How many of us have been told something from a close family member, elder, or respectable adult, but find ourselves completely disregarding it and later learning the exact lesson they advised us with on our own time? There’s something to be said for learning from your mistakes, but wouldn’t it be nice to get advice from students who are going through the same things and combating the same everyday questions?
“It’s not hard to balance work and fun, but it’s tough learning how to balance them”
To deliver this beneficial knowledge, several College of Business students were interviewed about what their biggest tip to underclassmen would be and what they would do differently if they could repeat their college experience. With almost four years of college under their belt, COB seniors had a lot to say.
Meghan Fountain explained “It’s important to meet as many new people as possible. Not only will these people become lifetime friends, but they will also serve as great networking opportunities”. Almost 70% of all jobs are found through networking, so any opportunity to connect with people is beneficial. Friends are resources just like all the things that our campus offers. “Utilize the library and other campus resources” commented Heather Kliefoth. One of the biggest regrets that students had was not taking advantage of the library, the recreation center, and the abundance of beneficial campus resources ECU provides.
“It’s important to meet as many new people as possible. Not only will these people become lifetime friends, but they will also serve as great networking opportunities”
Another thing COB students wished they did more of was the simple concept of going to class. Going to class seems like an easy thing to do, but with the overwhelming number of distractions, it seems to be one of the most difficult. “Go to class. Even if your not studying as hard as you’d like to be, you’ll at least have the attendance points and the awareness of when things are due” said senior Will Laws. Although attendance only constitutes for a small percentage of your grade, there’s a lot of information you miss out on when you don’t attend. Sometimes its hard to get up in the morning when you’ve been up all night, sometimes its hard to get yourself to class when you went out the night before, and sometimes its hard to go to class when the temptation of doing something else is great. With this, its important to have a plan. Senior Patrick Schrader put it best, “It’s not hard to balance work and fun, but it’s tough learning how to balance them”.
So go out there and network, take advantage of all the opportunities around you, step outside of your comfort zone, and most importantly, learn to balance! Do these things not just in college, but in all aspects of your life. Life’s too short not to make the most of every experience.