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4 Things Every College Student Should Know

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If you’re considering college, there are probably a few things you already know. You need to choose the right major, study hard, and try to get good grades. What no one may have told you is that while it’s a good idea to take the opportunity to learn as much as you can, unless you’re going on to further study, no one’s going to be asking you what your GPA was in the workplace. It might play a part in getting you interviewed for your first job, but beyond that, it’s going to be all about performance. Below are a few more useful things no one may have taken the time to explain to you as a college student.

You Can Pay for College

One of the biggest concerns many college students face is how to pay for it. You might even be considering skipping college altogether if you’re worried about the costs. However, if you want to get a degree, there are a number of ways to get money for it, ranging from joining the military to getting scholarships, and more. While you can take out federal loans based on needs, a private student loan is another option, and it’s not need-based. That means you may be able to borrow enough to cover all your remaining costs.

But Avoid Other Debt

Student loan debt is offset by the fact that many who attend college end up with higher lifetime earnings as a result. This means that in the long run, you should come out ahead, making more money than you otherwise would even when you factor in the loan payments. However, you should budget carefully and avoid any other debt while you’re a student. Credit card debt can be particularly tempting, especially when it seems like everyone you know is wearing fabulous clothes, taking amazing vacations, and eating great food. But living within your means now not only builds good habits that you’ll keep for life, but it also means that you won’t graduate with credit card debt on top of your student debt. If debt does occur figure out which of the fastest debt payoff strategies works best for you and put a plan into motion. 

Start Networking Now

Don’t make the mistake of looking at these years in college as some kind of fallow time when you’re essentially passively taking in knowledge. College is a great place to start networking, a skill that will serve you well throughout your life no matter what field you end up going into. If you hate the word networking and think it’s just about looking for what people can do for you and vice versa, think of it as building relationships or creating connections because that’s what good networking should be.

Take Advantage of Resources

There might not be another time in your life when you have as many free or low-cost resources at your fingertips as when you are in college. This includes career help, various clubs, and organizations that give you the opportunity to try out a sport or other new pastime and access to professors who are experts in their field. You don’t have to try everything, but make a point to get out of your comfort zone now and then in the classes that you take and the activities that you try.


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