The Importance of Relationship Building in College

AnthonyDixonAnthony Dixon

College is what you make it. You can either sleepwalk through it or create a series of relationships and memories that will last the rest of your life.

As opposed to what many people might think, academics are only a small part of college. In my opinion, the single greatest part about college is being in an environment that has been cultivated over years to produce higher-level thinkers. For a short few years, college students have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds around while learning and forming unique opinions that they have never heard before.

Most students that enter college have a fairly neutral opinion regarding most subjects. Sure, they have preferences for certain bands, a political standpoint and know who their favorite football team is, but for the most part they are neutral. That’s a good thing.

One of the greatest parts about college is meeting people who have different opinions than you do. They might have certain things in common, but for the most part they are diverse. These people will open you to a world that is completely unlike your own, and vice versa.

For instance, people from the north will have different opinions than people from the west coast, and someone from Louisiana will have a different cultural upbringing than people from Alaska. You can think of it as a melting pot of different ideas. Each of these is a spice that adds to the flavor, until ultimately you come out with the better of every one.

The same goes with teachers. Professors are there for mental guidance. The closer you get with them the better. Though this can be difficult in some of the bigger universities, it is worth taking the extra step. You can build long-lasting relationships with professors, who in turn can help you find jobs out of college, get you into that club that you want or just be a parental figure when you need it most.

College is difficult, but it can also be exceedingly fun and rewarding. The harder you work at it the more you will get out of it. That is especially true with relationship-building. Your acquaintances are what you remember most in college, so you might as well work as hard as you can to make them.

Anthony Dixon got his start as a marketing consultant for Waterline LLC from networking in college. Waterline is a company with a patent-pending oil tank cleaner.

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