10 College Tips You Need To Hear
School is back and in full swing. Whether you’re in high school, college, or anything else, change can be daunting. The Rock N Rags Team has compiled our best tips and tricks for all the new college students out there. This will serve as a guide for everything you need to know before it’s too late.
1. Network With Everyone
David Kessler, CEO and Head of E-Commerce, urges new students to get out of their comfort zone and make a concentrated effort to get to know as many people as possible.
“You should see every day as an opportunity to expand your network,” says David.
The connections you make while you’re in school will prove to be valuable in the future in leading you to professional endeavors beyond your graduation. So whether you’re at a party, in class, or volunteering, introduce yourself to someone and make a lasting impression. Don’t forget to grab their number, email, or even Instagram so you can stay connected for years to come.
2. Make A Connections Spreadsheet
Now that you’ve met that new person and gotten their number, it’s time to put it into your spreadsheet! Even at a small school, you’ll end up meeting more people than you can remember. It might seem annoying now, but trust us it’s worth it - take it from David…
“You’ll thank yourself later when you have an organized method of referring to these connections rather than thinking, “shit, what’s that guy’s email who I met junior year who’s dad was the first investor in Facebook” (true story lol).”
You have the opportunity to network with more people in close proximity than ever, so take advantage of it!
3. Apply For Internships Every Summer
Summer might seem like the perfect time to get a break from all that school stuff, but internships will prove very valuable to gaining experience in your field. Uriel Gonzalez, Product Assistant, wishes someone would have pushed him to apply for an internship every summer. Some internships will pay and some won’t, but the hands-on experience will give you a look into what you might be doing post-graduation.
4. Try New Things
That being said, you might do an internship and realize it’s just not for you. College is the time to explore your options and try new things. This could mean joining a new club, switching your major, or transferring schools completely! It’s normal to not know what to do. It’s a common misconception that college students have it all figured out. Trust me, we don’t. You’re not alone in your uncertainty. Take this time to try something that you might never get the chance to do again.
5. Film One Second Every Day
A one second every day video diary! You’ve probably heard of the app where you film a second of your day for a period of time until you have a cool video that shows what you’ve been up to. Our Co-Founder and CEO Kira Kessler says this is a must have in college. The one second a day app is the perfect way to document your years through college. It can remind you of memories you otherwise would have long since forgotten. We recommend starting this one right now!
6. Establish A Routine
You’ve probably heard this advice from every other person in your life, but it’s true. Organization is your best friend throughout college. Buy a planner, make your bed, and look cute while doing it (wearing your fav Rock N Rags products of course)! Leah Lutgens, our store manager, says this is the best way to stay on track.
7. Be The Best Version Of Yourself
What better time to reinvent yourself than in college? Switch up your style, make new friends, and just be friendly. “There's no better reputation to have than to be friendly, nice, and welcoming to everyone,” says store manager and former e-commerce intern Jess Zarek.
Now is your chance to start fresh and be the best version of you that you can be!
8. Enjoy The Journey
It’s easy to get caught up in classes and grades in an attempt to be the perfect student, but in reality, that one bad grade isn’t going to make a difference in your future. Andrea Mora, a social intern, stresses the importance of letting go, looking back at your progress, and enjoying the journey. Learning is important, but college is about more than learning about your major, you learn about yourself too! So if you take a B in that one class and hang out with your friends instead, it’s not the end of the world, you deserve it.
9. Don’t Get Discouraged
College isn’t always the picture perfect life you see in the movies and on social media (I wish). You might face struggles related to classes, making friends, or feeling homesick. Our Social Intern, Courtney McCawley, recounts her expectations vs. reality during her freshman year as a first generation college student. Getting into a sorority, having a cute dorm room, making your new best friend for life! Instead, she faced an absent roommate, gross food, and missing her mom. Things might not be perfect, but it’s all part of your unique experience. Take it all in, good or bad, and find the best in your situation.
10. Make Your Own Destiny
But what if I’m not ready? What if college isn't for me? News flash, it’s not for everyone! It’s an arbitrary idea to think 4 years of secondary education will be everyone's cup of tea. And if it’s not yours, so what? Our store manager Emily Raymond was filling out her first college application when she realized she wasn’t ready. Instead, she focused on finding her passion. At first she felt embarrassed; now at 22 years old, she is working her dream job at Rock N Rags!
Now Go Make The Most Of It!
College is a unique experience for everyone and we know you’ll make the most of it! We hope one or more of these tips will help you navigate your personal experience, whether you're taking the college route or something else. We'll leave you off with one of our favorite quotes by the legendary musician Tom Petty:
“I’ve learned one thing, and that’s to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”