[vimeo id="100934528"] It’s that time of the year again when campuses start buzzing with new life as faculty, staff and students get ready to start school again. Each year brings with it new challenges and new opportunities to maximize the year. So today, I want to share a few encouraging ideas with all students of how you can make the most of this school year.
First, develop new friendships. This may seem like a no-brainer, but too often we get stuck in our existing circle of friends because it’s comfortable. Some of us might be a bit fearful of new relationships and are hesitant to put ourselves out there. We wrestle with questions like, what if they reject me? What if they don’t like me? Or perhaps you feel that you have nothing to offer. If this is the case, then let’s get something straight. God did not create you to take up space; you were designed with a purpose and there’s plenty that you have to offer! Remember, your unique divine design is a special piece of God’s masterpiece – so just live it out. If people reject you, it’s their loss.
Second, meet with your professors. I can’t stress this enough. Many students don’t realize this opportunity is actually available to them. Your relationship with your professors should not be limited to the classroom. Ask to meet with them after class for coffee or lunch and get to know them. This is an important part of building your network. Remember that many of them have worked in the field that you’re studying. Ask them questions and ask for advice on how to succeed in your career. I’m sure most of them would be happy to give you some insight.
Third, volunteer or intern at an organization. Unless you’re already working a full time job in your field, I want to encourage you to intern or volunteer at organizations to start building your experience. If you’re studying business, try to link up with some local companies. If you’re studying ministry, I encourage you to talk to some local pastors about how you can serve in their church. Remember, most organizations are always looking for people who are willing to serve. This is a valuable time of growth and development in your life so take advantage of opportunities.
Thanks for checking out my blog today! Remember to make the most of your new school year and make it count. If you have some follow up thoughts, please feel free to respond below. Have a great day!