Look for the study areas of your dorm first thing. Every dorm has quiet areas and study corners. Get to know where they are, and the vibe in each one. Yes, all of them must be silent, but there can be varying amounts of people in each that may be just as disturbing to focused studying.
Take some time to investigate your school. Which academic departments are well-regarded at your university? Get a list of these departments to see if they interest you at all. Ask students who are majoring in subjects you’re attracted to if they are happy with their study programs and teachers. This information can come in handy when you’re weighing the pros and cons of several potential majors.
The same idea as why to have fun applies here: You don’t yet have the responsibilities of an adult. You should treat this timeframe as an opportunity to get ahead whenever you can. No one’s judging you for your particular financial situation, and the details about everyone else’s personal finances are largely hidden, because a lot of people are either there on their parents’ money or the federal government’s. Just because some people spend a lot, doesn’t mean you should. If you get a head start now when you don’t have as many expenses (such as a house, a car, a lawn, or most costly of all, babies), you’ll be glad you did.
Find mentors now. Many successful professionals love to give back by being a mentor. You maybe surprised at how receptive many are. They are a great network to show you the ropes, and maybe make connections and recommendations when you need a job. If you don’t know where to start to look for a mentor, try your school’s alumni services (they may share some of their contacts or to give your coordinates to some of the people on their list), people from professional associations, profs and their contacts, speakers or guests at events, people in the news. Some of these mentors become your life-long friends and future clients or suppliers when you make inroads to that coveted job. It’s a win-win situation and a lot of the mentors are well aware of this.
Find out the cost for the graduate program. Just like any major investment that you make, cost is always a factor. While it shouldn’t be the only item that you consider, it is definitely one of the things that you must consider. Can you afford to pay for your graduate education at this school? How will you pay for your education? Check out the school’s financial aid services.
Choose a quiet place to do your job search with a computer, phone and personal calendar. This could be at home, the library or your local career center.
Other places to check for student jobs are your career office, the online website for your college other students. Many times students know of jobs because they have turned them down and they may be a good source for you.
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