How can students make their mark at a big school?
Some of my students are very turned off by big schools. They may have wonderful academics or sports, but those schools may feel overwhelming. However, there is a chance to really meet wonderful people at a large school and feel at home right away. There is no better way than signing up for activities in areas about which a student is passionate. This means an instant bond with people you would otherwise pass on campus or not get a chance to chat with in a large lecture.
Remember that there are huge advantages with a big school: more classes, more people to meet and more great professors.
Involvement. This could be through anything from participating in research to diving into student government or helping with a community outreach or service program. Whatever the setting, share your talent and energy. Often ‘making your mark’ at a big school is a by- product of being generous, no matter the setting or means.
If you’re an athlete or a math whiz, it’s a lot easier. Otherwise, become involved in campus organizations, the school newspaper or radio station & make a name for yourself. It also helps if you know someone who can pave the way, like maybe a famous alum. Be creative, your public awaits!
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