9 Ways to Make the Best Use of College Resources

Ways to Make the Best Use of College Resources

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.

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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

College Resources - Gymnasium

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

College Resources - Sports

Cool!

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

College Resources - Dance

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

College Resources - 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

College Resources - 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

College Resources - Computer Lab

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

College Resources - Counseling

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

College Resources - 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

College Resources - 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.

Conclusion

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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