- Join clubs and organizations. During my first semester at James Madison University, I must have joined at least eight clubs. I wanted to try everything and it ended up being a little bit too much, but I’m so glad I put myself out there from the start! By the end of that first semester, I had found a really wonderful fellowship on campus that helped me secure my place at JMU and I’m so grateful that I was able to be surrounded by great people so early on.
- Get an internship! At some schools, it’s a requirement that you do an internship before you graduate, and I’m 100% supportive of that! I got my first internship the summer before my junior year and it was incredible. Not only did it affirm the industry I want to work in when I graduate, but I got to work with so many terrific professionals who were more than happy to talk about my future career!
- Move off campus. This is a big one for me! I lived on campus my first and second years and now I’m living off for my third and fourth. My college experience really changed when I switched from living in a dorm to living in an apartment. It allows you to feel so much more independent and it gave me the separation between school and home that I was looking for.
- Live with people you know. It’s really important in college to live with people who you know and trust. Bad living situations can affect every aspect of your college life and it can so easily be avoided! If you have to live with people you don’t know, be sure to ask around about them and see what kind of people they are before you commit.
- Have fun! Don’t get me wrong, academics have to come first but it’s also important to not let yourself get too stressed out. At JMU, we have a really great gym that does all different types of workout classes and they’re such a great stress relief. Once you find a couple hobbies, you’ll be good to go!
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