Hello there! This week I want to talk about something that I think is often ignored on college campuses – how (and why) to take advantage of all of the great programs and resources your college has to offer! Every college brings in programs, guest lecturers, presenters, events, and other things to help their students grow and develop their interests outside of the classroom. It’s honestly amazing, because so many students fail to take advantage of it.
When you go to these events, there are rarely many students there. The students who do attend are usually going for extra credit, rather than interest. I find this so incredibly sad. Your university spends a ton of money bringing these people in for you to take advantage of, and so few people actually do it! Without further ado, here are my reasons to go to these events on your campus!
- Professional development. Events and guest speakers are often amazing resources to learn more about your interests and your future career. You can attend great presentations from people successfully working in your chosen field, and really start to think about your major and what you want to do with it!
- Build connections. When you go to these events, you often meet other people in your major or with the same interests as you. There is sometimes even a chance to meet the speaker, which is an amazing networking opportunity. Even if it isn’t possible to meet them, reaching out on LinkedIn afterwards and mentioning the speech is a great way to add many very useful connections to your network! PS, you should add me on LinkedIn!
- Learn something new. When you choose to go to events on your campus, you are giving yourself an amazing opportunity for growth and development. It’s likely that these events will teach you something new, often something you would never learn in the classroom! Take a chance and use your free time for something valuable.
- Earn extra credit. This shouldn’t be the only reason to go to events, but it can be an added bonus. Plus, some events are not well-publicized, and might be hard to find if not for a professor offering extra credit! Just remember. You should try to go to events no matter what, even if you don’t technically get credit for them. Remember that the purpose of college is not to get credit, it’s to learn about yourself and your future career!
- Get informed. When you interview for your future job, it will be expected that you are up to date in what is happening in your field. If you’re a biology major and you can’t name anything that has happened recently in the biology field, you might have a tough time landing a job. Going to events on campus can help inform you of current events in your field!
- Learn about yourself. Unsure about what you want to do in life? Undecided major? Unsure how to apply your major? Going to events offered on campus can help answer all of your career questions. Hearing about a career from someone in that field can help you decide if it is right for you! Maybe you’re a psychology major, and you attend a guest lecture about music psychology. Suddenly you realize what you want to do in life! I can’t promise going to events will tell you what your future career should be, but it can definitely help!
Have I convinced you? By attending these lectures, you can develop intellectually, professionally, and personally. The only problem is it can sometimes be hard to find these events. I know, as college students, we get hundreds of emails a day. It can often seem like nothing is relevant. I urge you not to automatically delete emails from your university. While you may come across many that don’t sound interesting, you will emerge every so often with a great event that is completely perfect for you!
Another tip for finding these events is checking bulletin boards in your major’s building or office. I always pay attention to the bulletin boards in the history and teaching buildings, because those are often the events that best apply to me! You might also get emails from professors telling you about possible extra credit opportunities that might sound fun!
With these tips in mind – head out and find the next great event on your campus! There’s so many benefits of attending – grab your friends or head out by yourself! Amazing things can happen!