15 Crucial Things You Must Do Before You Graduate

Like all oth­er grad­u­ates, one day you’ll step out of your col­lege with a degree in your hands and think, “I’m now a grad­u­ate. Wait, real­ly?”

You’ll pon­der your past and think whether you did all that you should’ve done or want­ed to do. At that time, you’ll wish you only did things which you can smile about and not lament.

No one likes to mourn over missed oppor­tu­ni­ties, regret the lost time, or let the past drag him from mov­ing towards a bet­ter future. Espe­cial­ly when he’s on the verge of step­ping on a new stage of life.

If you are read­ing this while you’re in your junior years of col­lege, you’re in luck. If you’re aren’t – that doesn’t mat­ter if you’re still in col­lege.

What if you’re a grad­u­ate? Well then, you might get to see some things you might have missed in col­lege in this post.

A statistical analysis to remind you of the value of your college life

The aver­age life expectan­cy in the world is 70.5 years. So let’s con­sid­er that you’ll live that long.

Out of those 70.5 years of your life, you’ll spend about 4 years in Grad­u­a­tion Col­lege, which is about 5.6 per­cent of your total life­time.

Assum­ing that you enter your col­lege at the age of 19, you’ll already have spent 35 per­cent of your life by the time you grad­u­ate.

35 per­cent!

Now, the way you use the 5.6 per­cent of your col­lege life, decides how you will live the remain­ing 65 per­cent of your life­time.

Obvi­ous­ly this ran­dom data doesn’t make sense to some extent, yet, it mat­ters. How you spend your life in col­lege has a lot to do with your life.

A simple thing you must know in college

College - Icon - CodeblotCol­lege is the time when you cher­ish the last few years of your edu­ca­tion. You get busy with your life after that.

What you do in those three to four years remains a decid­ing fac­tor for your career, per­son­al devel­op­ment and the life which fol­lows it.

So try to make the most out of the time which you get. But anoth­er fact is, stu­dents fail to uti­lize their col­lege years. What­ev­er may be the rea­son behind it, the most com­mon one is – they don’t know how to.

If you need to know one thing which can inspire you, help you cre­ate a bet­ter life while you’re in col­lege, allow you to take more risks, and enhance your skills then it’s this – “It isn’t going to be that hard.”

Yep, all awe­some things fol­low this belief!

  • Improv­ing your grades doesn’t require you to slog as much as you think.
  • Mold­ing your per­son­al­i­ty will only need you to step out of your com­fort zones.
  • Becom­ing a vir­tu­oso in your are­na takes only some curios­i­ty and courage.
  • You can do the activ­i­ties you’ve nev­er done if you think less about oth­ers’ judg­ments.
  • You need to take slight more effort than usu­al to stay pre­pared for your future plans.

Below is a list of 15 things, the important ones, which you must do before you graduate

If you man­age to push your­self a bit hard­er beyond your lim­its, you can have some of the most beau­ti­ful and pro­duc­tive days of your life in col­lege.

1. Find what you’re passionate about

Life gives you the free­dom to do your own thing. But of what use is it if you don’t know what your thing is? Find what you're passionate about - Icon - Codeblot

Find the one thing you’re crazy about. Find what you could keep on doing with­out get­ting tired.

Take some time out to reflect on your inter­ests, and the skills which come to you nat­u­ral­ly. Every­one has one thing which he loves more than oth­er activ­i­ties. You have you own strengths and likes. Work on an activ­i­ty, learn it as much as you can, dream it and become indomitable at it.

You have less respon­si­bil­i­ties in col­lege and more time and resources. There couldn’t be more favor­able con­di­tions for you. Do now what­ev­er you want to do. Go ahead, risk it, face you fears, for you don’t have much to lose.

If there’s a right time to fol­low your pas­sion, it’s now. Start ear­ly.

2. Refine your skills

You may have some skills, but they are raw tal­ents unless they have been worked upon. You still have enough time to refine them. Refine your skills - Icon - Codeblot

Prac­tice and work hard to pol­ish the skills which you have. Be con­sis­tent with what you do and make work­ing on your pri­or­i­ties a rit­u­al.

Have at least one or two things which you’re a mas­ter at, and try to be a jack of a lot of oth­er things too. This will help you in becom­ing a valu­able per­son in your field.

Bet­ter if you know what your inter­ests and pas­sions are, for you can always use them as signs while decid­ing upon an ide­al career and hence choose rel­e­vant skills to learn.

It’s always bet­ter to know what you claim to know.

3. Get an internship

What’s more bet­ter than prac­tic­ing what you learn? Even bet­ter when you get paid for doing so. get an internship - Icon - Codeblot

There’s a rea­son why ‘intern­ship’ has become a buzz­word in col­leges and indus­tries. Just in case you’re curi­ous what the rea­son is – the indus­try loves expe­ri­enced peo­ple.

Recruiters are always more inclined towards the ones who have a hands-on expe­ri­ence in their field than those who have noth­ing more than the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge.

An intern­ship pre­pares you for future and gives you a thor­ough idea about your cho­sen field.

If you can get an intern­ship while you’re in col­lege, you’ll have one more thing to exhib­it and feel proud about.

4. Take up a relevant job

Do a part-time job in your vaca­tions, serve a small busi­ness with your skills, get some free­lanc­ing gigs, or take up a minor project relat­ed to you field. Get a relevant job - Icon - Codeblot

Any job you do is capa­ble of teach­ing you the dis­ci­pline, work ethics, and ded­i­ca­tion you’ll need in future. Even if it’s irrel­e­vant.

The job you do is like a badge in your iden­ti­ty. A proof that you’ve done some­thing with what you’ve learned.

By doing a job, you also get some­thing to brag about in your inter­views if you man­age to find a good one in your col­lege itself.

Be the guy who has already hit the work­space and knows how to make things hap­pen.

5. Participate in competitions

You need some­thing to put in your port­fo­lio. Com­pe­ti­tions give you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to earn such things.

Your self-esteem is direct­ly pro­por­tion­al to what you achieve, learn and do in your col­lege days. Participate in competitions - Icons - Codeblot

You don’t want to be the guy who doesn’t have any­thing to put in his port­fo­lio, right?

It’s alright if you aren’t much com­pet­i­tive. You may still give some com­pe­ti­tions a try. If you’ve played your part, you’re as much auda­cious as any oth­er per­son in the room – you rock!

Jump in ran­dom debates, let the quizzes judge your smarts, and make fear­less attempts.

It’s not about what you gain by doing these things but what you learn. Par­tic­i­pat­ing these lit­tle things pre­pares you for the life ahead of you.

Don’t under­es­ti­mate the role of these events, they exist to mold your over­all per­son­al­i­ty and improve you.

For exam­ple, the elo­cu­tion com­pe­ti­tion you might shun and treat as use­less, is con­duct­ed to make sure that you don’t shiv­er while giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion or speech in a board meet­ing of a multi­na­tion­al com­pa­ny.

If you don’t par­tic­i­pate, a part of you stays devoid of the growth it was sup­posed to gain, and you might not even know it.

6. Do some extracurricular activities

Among the most com­mon regrets which stu­dents have, whether from high school or grad­u­ate col­lege, is that they were being cow­ards when they could’ve had the most mem­o­rable time of their life. Do some extracurricular activities - Icons - Codeblot

They wish they could’ve been braver and had the courage to face their vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. It wouldn’t have been so bad.

Be a part of the next dra­ma, maybe just per­form a solo dance, or per­haps, play an instru­ment.

Don’t fear to be laughed at – the per­son on stage is always braver than the guy laugh­ing at him in a crowd.

Remem­ber, if you don’t do any extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, it’s going to be hard for you to step out of your com­fort zone.

Your heart will keep teas­ing you, say­ing that you were a scaredy-cat when you were sup­posed to devel­op your­self and learn.

I may have stayed timid in my school, but in col­lege, I’ll do all the great things I can” – make this line your res­o­lu­tion.

Spend some good time you can look back at and smile. Cre­ate mem­o­ries.

7. Volunteer

Vol­un­teer­ing expe­ri­ence is among those fac­tors which recruiters con­sid­er while hir­ing new can­di­dates. It is one of the ‘cool things’ they look for nowa­days. Volunteeer - Icons - Codeblot

Although a vol­un­teer­ing expe­ri­ence might not look as enchant­i­ng as a job or an intern­ship in your port­fo­lio, it still has a val­ue of its own. A star on the uni­form you can­not resist hav­ing

It works much like kar­ma – the more good you do, the bet­ter things hap­pen to you.

Your vol­un­teer­ing expe­ri­ence shows that you’re eager to par­tic­i­pate in activ­i­ties which bring a change, and to con­tribute to the soci­ety with the tal­ents you pos­sess.

Cre­ate graph­ics for an NGO, buy some food­stuffs to donate to the orphan­age, or cre­ate your own club of geeks and start a small move­ment.

Get start­ed some­where and vol­un­teer. It shows what you are.

8. Take up some certification courses

First­ly, give up the belief that all cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cours­es are cred­i­ble. They aren’t.

How­ev­er, some cer­tifi­cates from cer­tain insti­tutes or class­es are more valu­able than oth­ers. If you’re think­ing whether cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cours­es are that nec­es­sary, then know that they are, in some way. Take up certificaiton courses - Icons - Codeblot

The cer­tifi­cates which you earn with your prac­tice dur­ing col­lege sig­ni­fy the amount of time you’ve spent work­ing on your var­i­ous skills.

Although recruiters might not nec­es­sar­i­ly think that you’re a god at what you do just because you have a cer­tifi­cate, at least they’ll get a gen­er­al idea that you’ve learned and spent your days doing what you say you know.

Get cer­ti­fied by reput­ed insti­tu­tions well known for their teach­ing.

9. Perfect yourself

Have you ever envi­sioned your­self as a grownup in your child­hood?

Well, after grad­u­a­tion you are the grownup you had imag­ined, so make sure that you have become the kind of per­son you want­ed to be. Perfect yourself - Icon - Codeblot

Devel­op your­self in all aspects by the time you leave your col­lege, whether it be your soft-skills, work habits, social eti­quette or some­thing else. Focus on all the things you wish to add to your per­son­al­i­ty while you’re in col­lege itself.

Learn gui­tar, enhance your vocab­u­lary or writ­ing skills, gain a fit body, or grow an abil­i­ty to deal tac­ti­cal­ly with peo­ple.

Your jour­ney to per­fect­ing your­self may begin any­where from over­com­ing your weak­ness­es, to doing what you’ve always want­ed to do.

Here are 3 quick steps to get you start­ed:

  1. Intro­spect and reflect on what kind of per­son you wish to be — the goals you wish to accom­plish and the weak­ness­es you want to over­come.
  2. Write down the things you can do to achieve your antic­i­pat­ed out­comes – for exam­ple, you may start learn­ing HTML if you wish to be a web devel­op­er. Also, you may do activ­i­ties which allow you to step on the stage and dimin­ish your stage-fear.
  3. Reflect occa­sion­al­ly to make sure you’re on the right track — keep mov­ing.

Come out of your col­lege as a gem and become your best.

10. Use your vacations

There’s nev­er more appro­pri­ate time than your vaca­tions, to do what you say you don’t have time for.

You have time in your hands and the free­dom to do what­ev­er you wish to do. Use your vacations - Icons - Codeblot

You can do all the things men­tioned above in your vaca­tions.

Take the class­es you don’t usu­al­ly get time for, learn a new skill, join a vol­un­teer group, take up a part time job, or fin­ish an intern­ship. There’s so much you can do!

If you’re some­one who doesn’t get time to have fun in col­lege, then use your vaca­tions for that pur­pose. Use your vaca­tions pro­duc­tive­ly.

11. Plan ahead for your future

Got some spe­cif­ic plans for your future? Then work on them while you’re in col­lege. Plan ahead for future - Icons - Codeblot

If you wish to join a top-notch post-grad­u­ate col­lege which requires you to give an entrance test, then start prepar­ing for that test in col­lege itself.

How would you feel if you grad­u­ate and real­ize that the min­i­mum cut-off is 60 per­cent and you aren’t eli­gi­ble? Yeah, it hurts when dreams shat­ter.

Col­lege is the right time to avoid such sit­u­a­tions and to plan for the future.

Also, if you have knack for a spe­cif­ic career choice, then work for it through all the years of your col­lege and get bet­ter at it.

Make wise deci­sions and plan ahead.

12. Get a good internet connection

Get a decent con­nec­tion as ear­ly as pos­si­ble. It’s going to be worth the invest­ment.

If you don’t get one, you may lose your chance of learn­ing oth­er things apart from your aca­d­e­mics, or stay depen­dent only on con­ven­tion­al resources for learn­ing, which forces you to stay unpro­duc­tive. Get a good internet connection - Icons - Codeblot

You’ll be able to take lessons online, learn new skills, stay updat­ed with online com­mu­ni­ties, and com­plete inter­ac­tive cours­es.

There’s a lot you can do with a fine inter­net con­nec­tion, and there are some added ben­e­fits as well.

For exam­ple, it can save you from the has­sle of tak­ing cours­es which can be com­plet­ed inde­pen­dent­ly, and save your time which might be oth­er­wise spent in trav­el­ing.

Also, if you fail to afford any learn­ing mate­r­i­al, then at least you’ll have the inter­net on your side.

13. Save money

Although some stu­dents form a habit of spend­ing more mon­ey in col­lege, we sug­gest you to do the oppo­site – save mon­ey. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, col­leges don’t teach the thing called finan­cial lit­er­a­cy, so when it comes to mon­ey, you’ll have to rely on your­self. Save money - Icons - Codeblot

Col­lege is the time when you’re tight on bud­get, or rather say finan­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble.

A sud­den need for mon­ey may arise from nowhere amid your aca­d­e­mics and you might not always be pre­pared for that – unless your last name is Gates.

Sav­ing mon­ey is an impor­tant life skill and plays a huge role in the devel­op­ment of char­ac­ter. You acquire a respect for mon­ey in life, appre­ci­ate what you have and become more respon­si­ble.

Go min­i­mal, say no to futile lux­u­ries, be alright with less, and save for future to pre­vent any unex­pect­ed down­falls.

Maybe start read­ing a few books about mon­ey. We sug­gest that you buy War­ren Buffett’s favorite book if your pre­fer, or The $100 Start­up by Chris Guille­beau which is great for you if you’re a bud­ding entre­pre­neur. Or just search for a free PDF ver­sion of Think and Grow Rich on the Inter­net.

14. Create a LinkedIn profile

The best time to cre­ate a LinkedIn pro­file is when you don’t even have a rea­son to have one – per­haps on your first day of col­lege. Create a LinkedIn Profile - Icons - Codeblot

Cre­at­ing a LinkedIn pro­file is one of the small­est yet impor­tant things you can do in col­lege.

Hav­ing a LinkedIn pro­file and observ­ing oth­er pro­files gives you a thor­ough idea about the trend­ing skills, demands of the indus­tries, required edu­ca­tion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tions for cer­tain posi­tions and a lot more.

Also, your pro­file will help you to keep a track of your skills through­out your col­lege as you go on improv­ing it and add new ele­ments to it.

Keep learn­ing and expand your pro­file until it resem­bles the pro­file of a pro­fes­sion­al.

A sim­ple thing like LinkedIn pro­file can help you in many aspects such as career devel­op­ment and net­work­ing.

15. Network

Build up some con­tacts as you go through your col­lege, they def­i­nite­ly help in mak­ing life eas­i­er.

Your cir­cle of peo­ple may include your acquain­tances, rel­a­tives, teach­ers, LinkedIn con­tacts, friends or poten­tial hir­ers – any­one who has ever achieved sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess in his are­na. Nwetwork - Icons - Codeblot

The peo­ple who work in the same field as yours can give you some valu­able advice and guide you towards find­ing an ide­al career.

Your con­tacts can not only help you with your aca­d­e­m­ic deci­sions but also show you your prospects based on your skills and edu­ca­tion.

They’ve been where you wish to be, and under­stand what is right for you. Who knows, they might even help you find a job in near future.

What’s next?

We’d love to hear from you. Seri­ous­ly.

Share with us what you think can help stu­dents while they’re still in col­lege. Like, the things you’ve found use­ful in col­lege which have con­tributed to your improve­ment.

To be clear, what do you think is cru­cial enough to be done by the stu­dents when they’re still in col­lege? Leave a com­ment below.

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