5 Extraordinary College Events Worth Skipping Class For
Does it often feel like a waste of time?
Have you ever considered dropping out?
Keep calm. You are not alone. That's for sure.
However, if you sometimes feel this way, maybe you have been
focusing too much on your academics.
Why not loosen up a little and take a fresh look at school? As if
you had no entitlement at all.
College is a diverse environment full of individuals from diverse
backgrounds with different expertise, cultures and talents.
I doubt any institution is as rich in quality as a college institution.
An article published by The Atlantic further attested to the
richness of college in terms of quality.
As history has proven, many tech entrepreneurs conceived great
ideas with friends who would later become cofounders in college.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Steve Huffman of Reddit are
But then, you may be wondering.
How did they come across great minds while on campus?
I mean, who doesn't want to build the next great start-up? Or rub
minds with great intellectuals?
Yeah. I know the feeling. I would love to, as well.
If you honestly do, the key to attaining similar success is
NETWORKING. Easy peasy, right?
As a student, it would be one hell of a mistake if you fail to
explore these fronts while in college.
Irrespective of your personality, swallow your pride and reach out
to people at events.
Thanks to Social Media, you do not have to do so in person. You
can opt for connection through social media if you are so introverted.
Nevertheless, networking is crucial. Attending events and
volunteering offers endless opportunities for networking.
And for this reason, we at WeSnapThat have taken it upon ourselves
to come up with 10 college events you can attend to boost your social skills
and connect with great minds on campus:
1. Student TEDx Events
Organizing a TEDx event entails a lot. From nurturing the idea,
organizing the event proper, receiving approval from TED, brainstorming ideas
with the team, promoting the event on Social Media, to deciding on which
speaker to invite.
Every step on the way is challenging.
For this reason, TEDx events often call for a wide range of
volunteers. Here comes a slight chance.
As a student, volunteering in TEDx or other similar events can
serve as an opportunity to collaborate with great minds from different
disciplines, strengthening your team communication and critical thinking
capabilities at the same time.
Even if you could not volunteer because of some reasons, simply
attending the event and networking with co-attendees can impact your college
2. Sporting Events
Some colleges require their students to be a part of a sports
club, whether indoor or outdoor.
That is because they understand the role of these events in
college students' well-being, network base and mental health.
But unfortunately, in some colleges, the reverse is the case.
They laud only Academic Excellence
If you find yourself in college supporting sporting events, ensure
your network and connect with people of different cultures and disciplines in
your sporting clubs. But if otherwise, go out of your way to seek those
It might be challenging. But trust me, it's worth it.
Practical experiences like this will also help you develop
relevant life skills.
3. Outdoor Tours and Events
Group outings such as a beach vacation or a trip to a tourist
centre are some of the most memorable college experiences.
Group tours foster bonding. Often, students get to know people
they rarely speak to within classes or dormitories.
Besides that, it's a great way to let go of stress and just live
life without worrying about an upcoming assignment, test or exam.
More importantly, it fosters a deep connection with a group of
people, which can often be the start of a lifelong friendship or a romantic
4. Alumni Networking and Mentorship Events
It's a delight to meet and hear those who have walked the path you
are about to walk on. Events like this inform your thinking about the tough
decisions you would have to make.
Besides the advice given, mentorship events give you an
opportunity to connect with mentors.
Their hard-earned wisdom would make the journey a lot easier, as
you are leveraging on the experiences of the old.
Also, attending events of this nature gets you acquainted with
students of like vision, so you can share ideas and help each other out on the
But how can you benefit from this? If all you do is focus on your
You’ve got to loosen up and attend networking and mentoring events
because therein lies a shortcut to your much-coveted career goal.
5. Volunteering and Service-Oriented Events
When you offer your talents, skills and time as a service to
others, you gain more of the time and energy lost. That's the paradox of
According to a 1993 article by Alexander Astin, almost any type of
student involvement in college positively affects student learning and
Volunteering often scares many students, as they are not ready to
risk their grades.
But the truth is, if you are a good manager of your time, your
grades will suffer no harm.
After all, all you have to do is make sacrifices.
Giving up some of the time spent on social media, playing video
games, or engaging in fruitless conversations to improve essential life skills
gained through volunteering is not a bad bargain. In fact, It’s a highly
Attending events is not a time-wasting adventure. Neither should
you view it that way.
Locked in an event is an opportunity to meet with great minds,
discuss with bright lads and meet your significant other or your future
There is a lot to gain.
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