Preparing for the Future: College Student Edition

Getting ready for graduation and one’s life after college may feel intimidating. Don’t fret, here are some tips from undergraduate seniors and graduate students from SUNY Plattsburgh to help college students prepare for the future.

Kristina Skowronski: “Take advantage of what the school has to offer:Different resources like the Learning Center, Career Development Center, Feinberg Library staff assistance, getting your resume checked, talking to people, networking with others, asking for help and keeping an open mind about what people suggest.”

This is a picture of students working together. Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash.

Mia Morgillo: “It’s important to remember that moments will pass, good or bad. What may seem like the end of the world will eventually be over, and the relief is almost euphoric. Don’t get caught up in dwelling in the negative moments and forget to look forward to all the good that’s yet to come.”

Amanda Davi: “Get involved on campus. Find new friends and get outside your comfort zone. You can build so many relationships and build your leadership skills for the future.” 

This is an example of graduating students. Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash.

Erin Wilson: “Get to know your professors and rely on them when you need to. They really are there for you and want you to succeed. Many times, having a bond with your professors will help you in the future when it comes to finding internships or a job.”

Tina Wu: “Lay low until the second semester with parties. Just watch for the first semester if you like the culture, the people, the activities, everything. Once you know what you’re getting into, if you like that life, go for it, but remember to balance your studies too.”

This is a picture of a college student using the resources she has in college. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash.

Michael Arcidiacono: “You are the key to your success. You choose what services or help you get. You choose what clubs you are involved in. You choose who you hang out with. Make your experience your own; work hard, but have fun!”

Alexa Cariello: “Get involved. Even if you feel out of your comfort zone, it will be one of the best things you do.”

Willie (Will) Corley: “You can do anything and everything you set your mind to. Don’t let anyone try to discourage you from your dreams. As intimidating as it sounds, speak to your professors and get to know them. They are not only awesome individuals, but they can offer really good connections. Enjoy college life; get involved with different clubs and organizations that interest you. Life happens and there will always be some ups and downs, so take care of yourself and do your best.”

This is a planner a college student can use to plan events for the semester. Photo by Marissa Grootes on Unsplash.

Jeffery Kusi: “There are several ways to succeed in college, but with my three years college experience, I could say that the following ways are very helpful:

  1. Knowing the reason why you are in college: Having a dream that you would like to pursue helps you to be focused. It helps you to establish the right relationships and connections with people who could help you in the journey of the dream.
  2. Time management: Prioritizing things and making schedules for them keeps you organized. It helps you to know when and what to do. 
  3. Knowing that things may not always happen as planned: Sometimes you will not be able to achieve the grades or other results that you were expecting. Don’t overthink to cause depression and mental health issues. It’s okay to fail a plan. That is part of the learning process. Put yourself together, identify your mistakes and move on.”

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