Eliminating the "What Ifs"

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Sarah Ambuehl
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Life is full of what ifs, no matter what stage of life you are in. In my junior year of college, I began thinking back on my college career and realized I only have one year left to be a college student. It excites and scares me at the same time. Something I have learned along the way is it’s never too late to try something new. In the spring of my sophomore year, I joined the American Marketing Association on campus. I became the fundraising chair just a year later and this year I am serving as the vice president of the organization. Moral of the story – I am beyond grateful I went out of my way to get more involved on campus. Here are three ways you can avoid the what ifs and enrich your college experience by getting better connected with your school.

Join clubs

Most college campuses have clubs for every interest you can think of. It can be scary not knowing anyone, but through clubs you can find people who share your interests and that is always a good starting point. If there isn’t a club you want to join then start one! It is simple and that will bring people to you that you otherwise may not ever meet.

Talk to people

Throughout your campus there are people from all different backgrounds who have their own stories to tell. It can never hurt to start talking to someone because you may learn something new or make a friend. A good place to start is within your classes. You may need help with notes or with a hard concept; through your class you have a bonding point.

Meet your professors

Professors are a great resource for you to use. They can get you connected to research, organizations, and even jobs. Most professors want to help and see you succeed, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. This goes for advisers as well; it’s their job to help you and work with you.

Take advantage

College is referred to as the best four years of your life and with someone who has done three of those, I can agree. There are hard times, but being involved and having others to lean back on have made it worthwhile. Take advantage of all your college has to offer because you only have a limited amount of time to do so. If you are even slightly thinking about doing something, go for it! You will only have regrets if you don’t attempt to follow your passions and interests. Even if you try something and you don’t end up liking it, at least you know now.

I am so grateful for everything college has taught me and cannot wait to see where my future takes me. One thing I will always keep in mind is taking all opportunities that come my way and paving a path for myself. Eliminating the what ifs in college starts with the choices you make and opportunities you take.


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