“Price Is What You Pay, Value Is What You Get”
– Warren Buffett
Each year, thousands of students fall prey to debts for their education, try hard to gather money for their further studies, and get admission into the college they’ve been dreaming about since they were in high-school.
Though not all students are in debt, students have other problems like — they get stuck in some awful college, fail to develop their skills when they should’ve, find learning difficult, or get tired of their routines and lack a social life.
Sometimes, college might seem to be a crazy place. You may begin to wonder what have you paid so much for. Whether you could have learned the same things independently. Or that why the education system is so messed up.
But we’re not talking about those things. Not in this post.
What colleges are for
What do you think your college education is for? If you have an opinion, great. It shows at least you know what role it plays in your personal development.
But for those who can’t be sure, the importance of college can be boiled down to this,
“Your college education shouldn’t be just focused on career and getting a job but an overall development in all the aspects of your life – whether it be social interaction, critical judgment, creative thinking or your ability to deal with problems.”
We made up that definition. But your college surely holds a huge responsibility in nurturing your character as a person.
Here are 9 ways to make the best use of your college resources:
So here’s what we want to share.
Below are some ideas which can help you reduce your expenses, make your college life convenient and organized, or at least make you more aware about how you can make the best use of your college resources.
1. Exercise at the Gym
Most colleges have a gymnasium, and yours might be among them too.
Students become conscious about their health in college because they become mature, or when their bulging tummies start to bother them.
They purchase new exercise equipment and pay a lot of cash to join some gym. You don’t necessarily need to do that. You’ve got a gym in your college, you’ve paid for it. Use it.
Not only this will save you a good amount of money but also give you the opportunity of strengthening those triceps in your college itself.
Better if you stay in the hostel of your college campus. Hit the gym at 6 a.m., drip some sweat, and come back to prepare for the day. That’s how you can make it work for you just in case you were wondering.
If you don’t wish to go to the gym, well, still remember you already have one to be at.
2. Participate in Sports
Yes, it’s really cool when you go to the ground to run like a professional athlete, or when you have fun kicking the football. Chess is nice too.
Colleges give their students some fair opportunities to improve themselves at sports, since all-round development is one of their motives.
Colleges organize several events occasionally which may be your chance to show your potential and be the player you’ve always wanted to be.
It gets even better when you represent your college team.
Don’t wish to be a professional sportsperson? Alright, you can hang around on that lawn or use those sports kits anyway. You have the right to do so.
3. Join the Drama and Dance club
Ever been curious about what those guys do in the drama and dance club of college? You may know by becoming a part of it.
Doing some stage performances, facing the crowd, and showing your talents are few of the best things you can do. If your college gives you the opportunity to learn these arts, then learn.
You don’t need to have an intention of performing in the theater in future, and neither are you obliged to participate in the cut-throat competitions.
You can step on the stage with your crew in the next annual function to overcome your stage-fear or just to have some fun creating memories.
You’re supposed to do it.
4. Learn some music
Guitar, drums, piano, and bongo – you have a lot of options. You can even sing. Colleges have a space for music lovers and learners who wish to polish their skills.
In the music department, students can get their hands on several instruments, and also learn from the eager teachers who are there to teach them.
If your college gives you the privilege to learn music and you’ve always wanted to learn, then give this one a shot. Perhaps, try to master something you love before until you graduate.
5. Exploit the library
This option might not sound right to you if you’re among those who love to see those paperbacks and hardcovers stacked in their bookshelves.
But seriously, why spend so much on new books when your college is already so generous?
Your library card is your access to the wonderland where you can find almost all the classics, academic books, magazines and newspapers.
You get to indulge in silence and peace in the library as well, far away from the social chatters which may bore you. Yes introverts, we’re talking about you.
When you have nothing much to do, maybe you’d like enter the library, grab a chair, turn on the fan, and dive in the book of your choice until your fall asleep and the librarian has to wake you up.
6. Use those computers
If you’re a fresher who doesn’t have a computer, the college computers are something you can feel grateful for.
Are you from those who hate using a slow internet connection, or don’t always like carrying your own computer to college?
Use your college computers. They’re as robust and are looked after nicely. Use cloud storage to add some more convenience to your life.
You may upload your files to your online storage, download the files for later use, or just use them for some simple tasks whenever your laptop dies and you have no other option left.
7. Go to the counselors
Some colleges have counseling centers which provide career advice and guidance for higher studies to their students.
If your college has a counseling center, visit it whenever you’re unsure about the courses you should take, need to know about the options you have or wish to plan your future.
You may also ask your teachers. They can be great mentors who can lead you with their years of experience.
Overall, asking your college staff for their help can be far more valuable than you think since those are the people who have had some real experience and understand what’s right for you.
8. Use Scholarships
Some colleges provide scholarships to their students on the basis of certain criteria such as their grades, entrance-tests, or other similar methods.
If your college offers such schemes then you better find them out.
Or maybe, if you don’t have the opportunity of doing so right now, then better be prepared the next time if you’re yet to get into a post-graduation college.
Apart from these, there are travel discounts for students and other similar things which can help you a lot – you just have to be aware of them and use them.
Scholarships can significantly help you cut-down on your expenses.
9. Campus interviews
What if you don’t need to find employers and instead employers come to you? Well, that’s what happens during campus interviews.
Colleges put extensive efforts in getting their students hired, for which they often organize campus placement initiatives.
So if you’re on the verge of completing your education and find out that the company you wish to be a part of is approaching your college, then better start preparing for it.
It can save you the hassle of finding jobs, need for contacting people and the pain of staying jobless for a while.
If you can crack an interview, then who knows, you might even find the ideal job you are looking for.
Also, if you’re in your junior years of college then you can start preparing from now itself along with your education.
Your college might be already providing numerous of services to you. But you need to be aware of what they offer to use them.
Find all possible ways to make the best use of your college resources and to simplify your life. Doing it will surely help you to survive throughout the college with ease.
How else can students use college resources for their own benefit? Do you know any other ways? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment.
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