How to Have a Phenomenal Year in College
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How to Have a Phenomenal Year in College

by Jeremy Cai

This year has been nothing short of amazing

Traveled (too) many times for free, started and worked on several ventures, spoke with my heroes, and have friends all over the world.

Here are a few things on how you can do the same.

Stop talking, start doing.

Nothing matters until you take action. Stop talking about what the definition of a leader is. Go find out yourself. Make mistakes in the real world.

The only thing stopping you is yourself

Test the waters. Play the student card

Your most valuable asset is the stats of being a student. Take advantage of this to test the waters. Saying: "I'm Jeremy, a student from X" is invaluable.

Take the time to meet (the right) people

Don't write or someone or something off. I've spoken with Evan Spiegel, Rich Minder, Travis Kalanick, Alexis Ohanian. Yes. Networking

How do you get access to those people?

Most people are genuinely nice. Just say hi. Go to events.

Working smart > working hard

The best students think like entrepreneurs: they are unbelievably efficient. Think about breaking tasks down into automated parts. Use IFTTT, Evernote, Pushbullet, etc.

Don't ever get too caught up in the details

or you'll lose sight of the important things

Save some time to read

Read Good Advice, Quora, thought leaders. Also books, like the Lean Startup, 4 Hour work week.

Travel as often as you can

Look for opportunities to explore. Leverage networking, competitions, and more to find these opportunities.

Fall in love

"You're having fun and you love the pursuit, but you just don't know whether you'l ever get Julie Dream" - Sander Daniels

Find the inner Gatsby in you, and never let it die

Develop your reputation

Forget privacy, it's dead. Get a LinkedIn, Quora. Clean up Facebook and Twitter. Make content on Dribbble or Behance. Actively contribute

Serendipity is not accidental

You are the master of you own future. You need to persist, suffer, tolerate failure until you make it. "All successful startups are lucky, but they're never just lucky"

Be you

College is a time for you to experiment, explore, and realize what you genuinely enjoy doing.

That's my freshman story. Now go make your own

You will fail. Many, many, many times over. But keep at it, and I promise this: you will succeed extraordinarily, inconceivably more than you failed.

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lentisSilver CommaIf there's food, there's me
2 years agoReply
@andrew haha good advice! i spend too much on campus anyway

2 years agoReply
@tango @lentis Don't underestimate your own city as well. You can travel by exploring parts of your city you've never been. Figuratively and literally hike off the beaten trail :)

2 years agoReply
I think Jeremy has some really great points here. I think if you really want to have a great year just don't be afraid to say "NO", There will be so many opportunities out there if you follow these steps. The only thing that will limit you is time. So make sure you spend it on things you love. @tango @lentis There are other ways to travel besides going through school. If you really want you can find really cheap flights on cheap air and you can always do free lance work to finance your travel.

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@david I know you're friends with Jeremy :) and also kicking butt in college. Do you have any thing to add to how to maximize college?

tangoBronze Commalet's TANGO!!!
2 years agoReply
@lentis some competitions DO get sponsors. hackathons for example are typically free (reimburse the travel)

lentisSilver CommaIf there's food, there's me
2 years agoReply
I think budget also effects it. My school doesn't offer much travel payment so if you're a broke college student, traveling is kinda hard

tangoBronze Commalet's TANGO!!!
2 years agoReply
I wonder if being at a top college vs. something less brand name affects some of this. Many colleges don't have as many travel opportunities as the top and well funded ones do

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
Jeremy has come such a long way since he wrote this post. He left school and has been building an awesome company OnBoardIQ :) He followed the tips and has been awesome!