8 Things All College Students Should Do Before Graduation

before college graduationWe all leave college thinking we’re ready to take on the world. We can’t help it sometimes; big milestones like college graduation naturally come with big expectations.

Then reality sets in… and we wish we would have been far more prepared for life after college. We wish would have done, and accomplished, more.

To help keep these professional regrets to a minimum, and so you could gain some been-there-done-that advice, we asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) this question:

What’s the one thing you wish you did while still in college… but didn’t?

Here are some of their insightful answers!

 

Take a Psychology Class

Darrah-BrusteinLooking back, I wish I’d taken some psychology classes because it would have informed a lot of future business decisions. Everything you do is centered on people (customers, your internal team, vendors, etc.). So a psych foundation could have been invaluable as I learned more about buying patterns, demographics, the customer journey and so much more.

Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40

 

Study Abroad

Andrew-ThomasLiving in a new place is an expansive experience that positively impacts all parts of your life. There’s something powerful about going outside your comfort zone, seeing the world from a new perspective, and realizing how big the world is. It’ll also be one of the best times of your life and an experience you’ll call on over and over as your professional life progresses.

Andrew Thomas, SkyBell Doorbell

 

Intern

stanleyI worked full-time when I was in college because I thought it would look great on my resume. However, with work unrelated to my field of study, I found it difficult to relate my work experience to the jobs I applied for once I graduated. A degree was not enough; many companies want one-plus years of related experience. Internships are the best way to get that.

Stanley Meytin, True Film Production

 

Build Your LinkedIn Network

Vanessa Van EdwardsIn college, I was thinking more about my GPA than my personal network. I wish I had built my network online from my freshman year on. When you meet people in classes, in clubs or even at parties, it is essential to connect with them — even your professors on LinkedIn. This network will be essential once you leave college.

Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People

 

Practice Meditation

Joey_KercherI have recently started each day with meditation and journaling. With so many things going on all the time in your head, it’s great to clear your mind. This could have been very useful years ago when I was in college and balancing class schedules, assignments, clubs and internship experiences.

Joey Kercher, Air Fresh Marketing

 

Get a Mentor

Anthony-PezzottiWhether it would have been a professor, upperclassman, or somebody already in the working world, I truly regret not having a mentor throughout my college years. Speaking to someone with more expertise really provides an influential perspective. And it helps you make important decisions that will shape your future.

Anthony Pezzotti, Knowzo.com

 

Learn Chinese

David_MainieroBeing able to communicate with people in China can help businesses in almost any industry. If you build a tangible project, that’s where you’ll source a lot of your material. If you’re a service company or tech company, you might hire talented developers from China. Mandarin fluency would have accelerated my company’s growth by five years.

David Mainiero, InGenius Prep

 

Establish Relationships with Professors

Christopher_KellyI wish that I would have gotten to know my professors better. Looking back now, I realize how talented and well-networked the faculty was. And I wish that I could call on them more readily for advice and to tap their networks.

Christopher Kelly, Convene

 
 
 

YECYoung Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

 

 

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  • Aryana

    Growing a network and genuinely connecting with others is difficult though, unless those people happen to be fellow students or professors.