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5 Things College Students Take for Granted

College students are notoriously strapped for cash, and everyone on campus knows this.  Maybe administrators only do it because they feel guilty for sucking thousands of dollars out of our bank accounts, but the truth is, they actually provide plenty of awesome things for students to utilize – but we never seem to take these opportunities.  Why is it that the turnout for dollar beer night is always SO much greater than the number of students who show up for on-campus lectures?

There are so many chances that college students simply fail to take advantage of.  Here’s a little bucket list, College Candy style.  Make sure you take advantage of each of these things at least once before graduation.  Trust us – these opportunities are painfully rare once you get out into the real world.

Newspapers – Recently, we heard about a school that decided to terminate its free subscription to the Wall Street Journal because students just weren’t picking up copies.  Most institutions offer free copies of top papers, only to find discarded piles week after week.  Even if you only take it for the crossword, grabbing a free copy is totally worth it.

Special Guests – We’re not just talking about the lectures that pertain to your courses (although we totally advocate going to those too!). A lot of schools invest time and funds to bring really interesting people to campus, but students just don’t seem to appreciate it.  Take the time my school had Project Runway runner-up Althea Harper come in and talk about her experiences as a designer – it doesn’t get much cooler or more current than that, but only a handful of students dragged themselves away from happy hour to attend the event.  Piece of advice: the next time you see a sign promoting a guest speaker, check it out.  It may be your chance to get some great advice, listen to amusing anecdotes, or even meet a celeb – and you can usually do all this for free (or at least cheap).

Clubs –  Even super-involved high school students seem to have difficulty joining clubs in college.  Maybe they are time-consuming, but the truth is that clubs give you a much-needed break from the monotony of classes and homework.  Everything is offered, from musical groups to the school paper to intramural sports.  The second best thing about clubs is that they give you a chance to try something new, even if you don’t have a ton of experience or talent; clubs lack the competition and pressure of more official activities. The best part?  Free food is served at most of the meetings.

Dining Hall Buffets – The ABSOLUTE best way to really get bang for your buck.  Go on a totally empty stomach and let yourself go for four helpings of pure deliciousness.  It’s a great way to try a lot of new dishes, too. My personal recommendation?  Go during finals week, eat lunch, sit around and study while grazing on snacks, and then eat a full-on dinner a few hours later.  Just make sure you have a pair of oversized sweatpants on hand for the next day

Interesting Courses – So many people take classes for one reason and reason only: to satisfy graduation requirements.  But take it from a recent grad; college has so much more to offer.  The absolute best choice I ever made in my four years was signing up for a diversity workshop.   So if you’ve always secretly wanted to try pottery, sign up for a course.  Make it your mission to take at least one random elective every year – who knows what you might learn?

So here you have it, kids.  And one last piece of advice: if you’re shelling out thousands for school, try to limit skipping class to the mornings when you’re just too hungover to get out of bed.

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    1. M says:

      Totally did that every year and was involved in some awesome courses that really changed my perspective including History of Rock, Intro to Acting, and Conflict Management.

    2. criolle johnny says:

      Special Guests and other presentations offer a great, pressure free opportunity to chat-up that girl (or guy) you've been dying to meet in class. They can make nice walking, introductory meet-ups.

      Many of them are also related to the courses you're taking and can make filler/fodder for essay questions on exams. Hint, professors LOVE to see that stuff in blue books! You might pick up a few points even if you're totally clueless on the question.

    3. Penn State has the most incredible guest speakers. I just saw the author of the Kite Runner last week. Two years ago, Frank Abignale (the man Catch me if you Can is based off of) came to speak as well. Totally agree with this advice! Check out the people who come to your school!

    4. fake student says:

      Please check if he is a real Stanford student or not!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owO1WQFg8oo&fe

    5. samiradeval says:

      You’re probably already president of your college’s Business Leaders of Tomorrow club. Are you an up-and-coming style maven

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      I didn't realize how good I had it until I came to France to study abroad and no longer had any of these! I'm definitely going to take advantage of all these opportunity when I return!

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    9. Essy says:

      I take the newspaper every day, it's kind of sad though my first three years of uni you had to get a newspaper before 10am or else you were out of luck now I walk past the newspaper stand at 5pm and there are still tones of newspapers left! it's really sad!

      I only get the newspaper for the crossword so I can't really get too upset about no one reading papers but still, it's a little sad.

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    12. ictus75 says:

      My son is a freshman at a Big 10 school. I went to visit and we ate at the dining hall buffet. This is only a great deal if you are starving or have no taste in food. The food is marginal and not very appealing. My son doesn't like to eat there. Not a bonus in my book!

    13. evan says:

      schools offer ALOT of free stuff, you just have to know how to get it, free parking, free books (at least dirt cheap, and of course, free condoms

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