As for ACTUAL advice.
For High Schoolers: High School SUCKS. If you disagree, then okay, that’s fine. To me, College is much better.
However, depending on where you are in High School, I think it would be worthwhile to look into what you actually want to study in College/University. To a minimum, get the general field down. Take some of your free time or find classes (if you are lucky enough to have them) in different fields. Say IT, engineering, business, design, agriculture, life sciences, human sciences, medicine, automotive technology, construction, etc. The list is pretty large. This is mainly as a cost saving measure and the sooner you figure out what you enjoy, the easier it will be later.
For College People:
ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS. I know it sucks, but if you can, don’t burn yourself out. College is one of the few places where just about everyone is rather close in age. One you go out into the Real World™, everything changes.
My suggestion is to have fun, join clubs, go out on weekends (but be smart about it). Depending on your university, the rules may be different, but at the university I went to, the Campus Police basically straight up told us a few things:
Yes, we know people drink underage. Be smart about it. When you start being stupid, that’s when we get involved.
We can’t stop you from smoking pot, just do it SOMEWHERE ELSE. Don’t do it on campus, as we WILL have to investigate.
If your friend had too much to drink, call 911 (emergency number). We won’t lock them (or you) up unless they/you start getting rowdy. We would rather you be SAFE and ALIVE.
Also, I’m hesitant to give advice on jobs and stuff, but I have been on the employer side a few times now.
here are a couple things though:
- DO NOT, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS, USE CARD STOCK FOR YOUR RÉSUMÉ. I hate it, the person scanning in the Résumés hates it. Use a regular sheet of paper.
- A 4.0 isn’t as impressive as it sounds (to me)
- If you can get some experience even semi-related to what you’re looking for that will go a long way.
- Appearance counts. You’re going to have to convince me otherwise if you look like a douchebag to me.
- Put something interesting on the Résumé if you can. We look through a lot of them. If you have something interesting, I’m more likely to remember it.