There’s More to College than Textbooks?!

18 Jan

We’re in the thick of the spring semester. So what exactly does this mean? It means back to adulting, focusing on self-improvement, and on contributing to the world beyond UA.

Students get so used to the “college” lifestyle that often times the thought of handling their “adult” responsibilities is a drag. Work, taxes, spring semester… basically everything else that primarily involves preparing for school and handling money can seem likes it’s become ten times harder to jump back into. Even if things didn’t get done during break, early in the spring semester is still prime time for “life chores.”

Just as important as adulting is making time for self-enhancement. Cultivating the skills we already have isn’t something that most would associate with self-enhancement but it’s one of the best forms of self-enhancement that there are! The obsession with trying to add new skills to our repertoire of talents can be helpful, but it leaves little room for those that we already possess to grow. Whether it be creative talents or athletic gifts, those are skills that make us better, well-rounded individuals. Distractions may often get the best of students when it comes to these kinds of things, but a little encouragement from support networks goes a long way.

Part of self-enhancement stems from working on making the world beyond our own a happier place. Should time allow it, one of the most important things students can do is get involved in their community. Volunteer service and internships are both things that distinguish the regular students from those who go above and beyond when applying to grad schools and jobs. Most students know this, it’s simply a matter of getting out there and looking for the thing that sparks their interest. With so many options available, there is very little chance of not coming across a good service opportunity.

Sure, students will typically claim that they’ve got everything under control and in reality, those that are lucky really do. More often than not though, parents may find that with everything going on in a student’s life on a daily basis some parental assistance may be necessary. Perhaps this means providing some good advice or simply throwing out a little reminder of things to do here and there. Whatever it may be, a little help from mom and dad is (almost) always welcome even if we students don’t always show it.

-Diana

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