We already wrote about standing out in class, but it was high time that we expanded on this point. Standing out in college is incredibly important to your future, and it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something, take consistent action, and don’t give up on yourself. This one might be a little long, but you’ll have to trust that we know where we’re going.
You can’t just assume that everything is going to fall into place because you’re in college. Getting in was only the beginning. If you don’t stand out, you’re going to get left behind. College is no longer a “sure bet” when it comes to getting things done. You’re going to still need to think about everything and anything that comes with the territory. You don’t want to get too focused on this to the point where you don’t have a social life, but most college students we know could be a lot more strategic than what they are.
Again, expecting everything to fall in your lap is a big mistake. You’re in college for a reason, so it’s high time that you explore what the college can actually do for you.
Do you know who you can go to for advice about your major? What about advice on college life? What about advice on activities? You need to make contacts and really get to know people. College is something that can truly change your life, but staying in your room all day at the dorm isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to have to get social, get your name out there, and be someone that can be as helpful to other people as possible.
There is always something important to do in college. It doesn’t matter who you are – there is always something important to focus on. There is always something that you could be doing that ultimately changes the game, so to speak. If you are really thinking about all of your options, then you’re already ahead of everyone else. Why would you ever want to just assume that there’s nothing that you can do?
Giving up isn’t going to lead you to a better career. It just isn’t. The better approach is to start building your brand. Make sure that you have your personal website up quickly. The faster you get it up, the more traffic will arrive over time. You can post content when it pleases you, you can build your own media. You never know who will pick up your site and send it a lot of traffic. Thinking about the type of attitude that you want to cultivate will help you shape your project.
You can create free reports and other high end content and have your student friends distribute it. If you’re helping them learn something, they’re going to be paying strong attention to what you’re doing. Don’t forget that!
Ultimately, it’s going to be up to you to figure out which direction you want to go. Don’t feel like this is all stuff that you have to do right here and right now. It’s okay to give it time to shape itself. It’s okay to take your time. Even though you want to make a strong impact, you also don’t want to go overboard, either.
You have the power to shape your college experience, so why not go out there and get it done?