There is more to college than getting good grades. And its important to know this. Probably the most important part of college is to socialise and this can be done in a number of ways. Don't worry if you are shy or a bit of an extrovert. Obviously out going people will find it easier to mix at first but honestly making friends isn't hard.
Another really important thing to note is that when you graduate and look for jobs the first question you will be asked is what did you do in college ? This is where you answer that you were in clubs and societies or volunteered. It does not mean tell them about your great grades because you sat at home every weekend studying. Employers want people who can communicate and be part of a team, all life skills you learn in clubs and societies.
Joining a society is one of the best things you can do in college. Societies are a great way to make friends especially for first years. You get to go on great days out either at discounted prices or better yet free. Societies also arrange guest speakers who are experts in their field to give talks on careers and life skills. They also run workshops to help you increase your skill set such as workshops for Cv writing. Being involved looks really good on a Cv. Most employers won't even consider people who have no extra curricular activities. Getting A's in college is great but it isn't everything.
This is a great way to help others. You can do food drives for the homeless, old folks dinners and community clean ups. Your college will have a website with a list of different options so you can choose the charity that's right for you.
Believe it or not you can have a lot of fun and you get to help others who need it, which should be the reason you volunteer in the first place.Their are also awards given out at the end of the year which you can then put on your Cv if you wish.
Another way of volunteering is by helping teach extra classes to first years. Like extra maths classes.
Student Ambassador Programme
For those of you who aren't familiar with the student ambassador programme it's basically a group of students who represent the college in their respected field. My college for example has 10 student ambassadors for science who represent the college in maths, physics and chemistry etc.
This is a great way to meet new people. As well as helping to first years settle in and encouraging future students. You get to represent your college at open days and answer students questions as well as mentoring a first year.
College is the one place you will have countless options for nights out and other opportunities. Freshers week isn't really a week its two. The first two weeks of college to be exact. This time is designated to helping students get comfortable and make friends by basically going out together. Such as paint parties freshers balls etc.
They are super affordable nights out designed only for students. It' also a great way to meet people outside of your course.So do go to at least one freshers event. Don't worry its not entirely alcohol related so their is something for everyone.