Just in case midterm exams and huge assignments don’t have you stressed enough yet, there’s one more thing to add to the list- all this talk about the recession. Professors are talking about it, fellow students are asking about it, and parents are stressing about it. The question is what should you as a college student do during a recession? There is no simple answer but I have come up with a short list of ideas that will help boost your confidence while everyone else is stressed out by the current recession.
1. Know your stuff. Don’t just do the usual last minute cramming before an exam, set out to learn the content so you actually know your stuff. Many times we find ourselves just trying to get by a course by putting in minimal effort. All of us are guilty of this at some point in time but this is probably the worst point to be pulling this off. The reason that you should know your stuff is because with the amount of job cuts and lack of new hiring going on only the best possible candidates will be hired.
2. Network, network, and network. Career days, lunches, dinners, professors, other students. Keep in touch with anyone possible and try to build the largest network possible. Once you establish a decent network of contacts keep in touch by calling them, going for coffee, or even a simple email. The whole idea of “networking” can not be properly summed up in one paragraph and it will a take a whole article one day down the road.
3. Ignore the negative news. It will only lead to unnecessary stress if you spend all of your free time reading and watching news about the recession. It’s crucial to stay informed but information overload will interfere with other areas of your life. Your main focus should be your education and networking, stressing about the recession will only hinder your ability to succeed with your studies.
4. Stay in school. Maybe teacher’s college or graduate school seem like a pretty good idea right about now. If you are worried that you won’t be able to find work in your field of study then getting a graduate degree in the field could put you ahead of the competition.