Issue #1 | Underrated College Advice & Tips

Welcome to the Interesting Asian Newsletter. A bi-weekly newsletter where I, (Jennifer) tackle all things lifestyle and books. For this week’s newsletter, we’re discussing underrated college advice & tips. For future updates, please subscribe to my newsletter!

Imagine this, you’re a recent high school graduate who’s attending college in the Fall. You’re gathering as much knowledge and advice as you can so you can be successful in college. However, some advice may be cliché and repetitive…🥱.

Today, we’re discussing 4 underrated college advice that people don’t typically share with high school students.

Affordable GE Courses: Fun fact, you can take lower division courses at a local community college. As long as your university approves the request and you follow their specific guidelines, you can take a few courses off-campus and save some money. I can testify to this because I started my college journey at a community college. I also knew people who took their GE courses at a local community college while attending a 4-year university.

Effort & Consistency — So, you step out of your comfort zone and leave an on-campus event with 5 new friends. Congratulations, you have successfully accomplished the art of networking. Now what?

My top two advice in having a long-term and stable friendship in college is effort and consistency. If you put no effort into talking to your new friends, it’s not going to last. If it’s a one-sided friendship or you only talk to your new friends when you need them, it definitely won’t last. So, put some love and care into those new friendships.

Remember, It’s not about knowing a lot of people it’s about the relationship that you have with them. Those meaningful relationships will take you further in life and in college.

Volunteer & Portfolio — The best way to build your résumé when you have no work experience is by volunteering. I promise no one will reject free work 😂. Also, you’re gaining valuable work experiences like an unpaid intern. The difference between the two is one will receive school credit. The other won’t receive school credit because you chose to volunteer your time.

The second way to build work experiences from scratch is by creating your own website, portfolio, blog, or anything that can display your talents. You’ll be surprised that companies want to read your blog, see your artwork, watch your YouTube channel, and check your Instagram account. So start building those things now! I encourage you to take advantage of technology and social media.

Choose Your Major Later Not Sooner — I’ll ease your stress by saying that your incoming major doesn’t have to be your actual major. In fact, most people (like me) will tell you to wait until your sophomore year to commit to a major.

Your freshman year should be an exploring year where you’re looking at your options. That’s why you should take your GE courses first and explore different subjects. You don’t need to figure it out right away. I encourage you to just go with the flow and see what college has to offer to you!

NEXT TIME: We will dive into some remote study tips & tricks because most schools have gone virtual due to the circumstance in our world. Remember to subscribe to get the latest updates!