Exploring What College Life Offers
College is one of the most exciting times of your life. New opportunities to learn, grow and explore are around every corner. If you don’t like a class, major or activity, you can change it and find something you like better. You have the luxury of time to explore new ideas and learn new skills.
Here are a few tips to maximize your freshman year and beyond:
Take Classes Outside of Your Major
Taking a class outside of your major is a great way to see if you like a different subject. You’ll meet a different group of students, as well as learn a new field of study. Who knows, it could even result in switching your major.
Additionally, if you don’t like a class, don’t be afraid to drop it by the drop date. Your education should benefit you; you aren’t locked into your class schedule. If you do want to drop a class, meet with your academic adviser and discuss what would be a good replacement.
Join a Club or Activity
If you’ve always wanted to be on an intermural sports league or explore a new hobby, this is the time. Colleges are brimming with groups of interesting people across all spectrums of interest — all you have to do is show up and participate. Your dorm also will host a variety of activities throughout the year. Show up and meet the people living near you. You will learn as much from your friends in informal settings as you will learn from sitting in a classroom listening to lectures.
It’s OK to Not Like Something
College isn’t just about finding what you like — discovering things you don’t care for also is valuable. You can figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life. You also can reinvent yourself at any time or focus on different extracurricular activities from one year to the next. You’re in charge of your life — make it whatever you want it to be.