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4 Personal Growth Tips for College Students

College is a time of enormous growth and change. College is where you learn to be an adult and potentially start on the career path you will follow throughout your life. Personal growth is almost inevitable when you are in college, but there are certainly things you can do to enhance it.

Take Risks

College is a great time to take risks. There are so many opportunities to try new things. If you arrived on campus from high school convinced that you would study business or art or devote yourself to playing a particular sport, give yourself the opportunity to take some different classes or try out a new activity. Many people's success stories start with reading a book or taking a class on a topic they never considered before and finding that it changed their life. Don't be too rigid about who you think you are. Get out of your comfort zone. You may surprise yourself.

Practice Self-Care

You can probably get away with not getting much sleep and eating too much junk food than at any other time in your life, but the fact is that you will feel better and get more done if you try to take care of yourself. This includes taking advantage of campus resources, including the health system. In fact, some colleges work with an all-in-one telehealth provider that specifically focuses on the needs of students, including their mental health needs. You can take a look at a guide on anxiety in college students and how to cope with stress, and you may find some helpful tips that you can apply to your own life.

Work on Soft Skills

Skills like communication, leadership and critical thinking are at least as important as any others that you learn in college. In fact, they may be the most important of all because they are so versatile. If you decide to change careers later in life, these are the qualities that will carry you through that shift. They will also serve you well in your personal life. Make an effort to take classes and join organizations that can help you improve these kinds of skills.

Set Goals

You might feel like you do not really need to set goals since your main object in the next four years is to get decent grades and graduate from college. However, this doesn't mean that you won't have any goals that are smaller and more specific or that you won't have larger, overarching goals. It's also important to learn how to set and reach goals. Many people do not know how to bridge the gap between the things they want to do "someday" and their actions now.

You can start out by choosing a short, medium, and long-term goal to work on while you are in college. Later, you may want to add more. Once you have named your goals, write down the steps you need to stay focused to reach them. For example, if there is a particular internship you want, your steps might include the classes you need to take, the recommendations you need to get and the process for applying for the internship.

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