It seems like ‘networking’ has been a popular buzzword for quite some time. You hear it often, you’re told to do it, and you think you want too…but what does it even mean? How do you network? Can you network in college?
I’m definitely not a networking expert, but I have learned a few things about it in my communications classes and from personal experience!
The dictionary definition of networking is: “the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contact.”
I’ve found that networking comes naturally when the intention is getting to know someone else. Some people may think that networking only happens in a professional setting, but it actually happens anytime you meet someone! I’ve made connections with people at church, in the dining hall, on my dorm, walking to class, and more! Networking isn’t always about being professional, it’s about being yourself, sharing your story and passions, and giving other’s the space to do that as well! It’s about helping each other out, building relationships, and bringing what you have to offer to the table – whether it’s getting a new job or volunteering at a local ministry!
Networking is all about getting involved and meeting people, even in your everyday life! Instead of going to class and leaving without interacting with others, meet the other students around you. Talk to your professor, ask questions, and build a relationship with them! Be open to interacting and building relationships with those that are different than you! It’s easier to befriend those that like the same things as you, look like you, and talk like you…but your networking will be limited if you are picky with those you choose to interact with.
Another great way to network is to join a club here at Liberty and get involved in what you are passionate about! I was a part of a club for two years and even served as the Vice President. That experience brought me many friendships, connections, and hands-on experience that has shaped who I am today!
The Career Center is another incredible resource that Liberty offers students. The Career Center is the best place to get help with resume building, setting up a LinkedIn, job hunting, and more! They also host job fairs throughout the school year, so make sure to take advantage of those events. Job fairs are a great way to network and meet some faces that represent organizations and possible future employers! So many students miss out on the resources that the Career Center offers by not utilizing it. It’s there for you, so make an appointment!
Whether you get involved in a club, serve at your church, or do a summer internship, don’t forget to be who God created you to be. You’ll make so many friends and connections by being yourself and allowing other people to be themselves!
If you know me, you know I absolutely love game nights. I love playing Telestrations, Werewolves, Mario Kart, and any other game that will make my friends and I laugh until our stomachs hurt! Not only are game nights hilarious and so much fun, but they’re also free! I love finding ways that my friends and I can have fun and keep it budget-friendly.
Here’s a list of my 5 favorite college budget-friendly weekend activities that won’t break the bank!
1. Game Nights!
Like I mentioned above, game nights are my favorites! Invite some friends, and head to and your common area, a friend’s house off campus, or even in the Montview Student Union, bring some games, and have some fun!
2. Fan the Flames!
I love supporting our sports teams and cheering them on! My favorite is football season, but I also enjoy watching our basketball and baseball team as well! Grab some dinner on campus and head to a game with friends! You’ll have so much fun, make some great memories, and it’ll be free with your Flames Pass.
3. Coffee Shops + Concerts!
There are lots of coffee shops here in Lynchburg to get homework done, hang with friends, and grab a coffee! I do that often, but I also really enjoy going to the free concerts that coffee shops host at night. It’s a great experience hearing different artists perform and supporting their passion! Grab a tea or hot cocoa with your friends and enjoy the music!
4. Thrift Shopping!
This is a pretty common activity to do as a Liberty student. Liberty students are known for hitting up Goodwill or other thrift stores and finding cute outfits for a great price! My friends and I have spent hours in Goodwill and leave with a few cute items for only a few dollars!
My girlfriends and I have been doing this since freshman year. We’ll put some music on, grab some snacks, and do some crafting! I like to make cards out of watercolor paper and paint something for a friend. We’ve also made some pretty paintings to hang in our room or give as a gift. This is a great way to get creative and relax a bit!
I hope you can enjoy these budget-friendly weekend activities as much as I have during my three years here at Liberty!
Attending sports events is one of my favorite things to do here at Liberty! From the hype of football season, to the excitement of basketball, to the fun of a baseball game... How could you not love watching the Flames play? Check out this vlog to see Abby and I attend a few Liberty sports events!
One of the best qualities to have is to be teachable. The dictionary definition of “teachable” is “willing to be taught.” To be teachable is more than studying for a test and learning material. It’s being humble, willing, and moldable all situations, even in the seemingly mundane.
College is full of learning, growth, and change - in and out of the classroom. You have so many exciting opportunities to learn about yourself, others, God, culture, what your studying, and much more during your college years.
But are you willing to learn? Are you teachable?
Someone who is teachable and willing to learn enters all situations recognizing that there is always something to learn whether you’re in class, Convocation, or just hanging out with friends. There is a clear hunger to learn. They take notes, ask questions, and pay close attention to whoever is talking. They surround themselves with people who are different than them. You don’t learn as much from people who talk like you, look like you, and act like you.
The Bible talks a lot about being teachable and gaining wisdom, especially in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.” God shows great favor to those who have a humble and teachable spirit. God gives wisdom to those who ask and hunger for it!
Sometimes it seems easier to assume that there is nothing to learn, especially if you’re in a situation you’re not super excited about. But choosing to be moldable and teachable will always open the door for unexpected blessings, growth, and opportunities. Choose to be teachable and willing to learn, no matter what season you’re in! You’ll be so glad you did.
College is fun, exciting, growing, and can be very busy. I found myself very overwhelmed and unorganized during my first semester here at Liberty. But with three years of experience under my belt, I’ve gained some wisdom on how to make a busy college schedule a little simpler and more organized!
1. Pack your Backpack before Bed:
This may be my favorite college tip to give! I make sure I have all the books I need for my classes, snacks for the day, headphones, my water bottle, chargers, my favorite highlighters, etc. I even check the weather to see if I’ll need an umbrella! This way, I won’t forget anything and have to take an unplanned and time-consuming trip back to the dorm during my busy day. I also recommend choosing your outfit and setting it out the night before, it saves so much time in the morning!
2. Plan Your Week Ahead of Time:
I use my sticky notes app on my laptop and I write out each class, event, meeting, social activity, etc., I have for the week. I also put all of those things in my calendar app on my phone! This way, you’ll know what times you are free! Once I have my complete schedule, I’ll add set times to do homework as well! Doing this has helped me simplify my schedule and recognize when it’s necessary to say “no,” and when it’s okay and good to say “yes!”
3. Write a Priority List:
If you’re anything like me, sitting down to tackle homework can be very overwhelming. I used to find myself wasting time not knowing where to start. Now, I write out a priority list using my sticky notes app! I’ll write out all the assignments I have to complete list them in order by due date. I also include what each assignment will require me to do. For example, if I have a 3-page paper discussing a specific article due next week, I would note that I have to read and study the article before I begin writing. This allows me to know exactly what is expected of me and how much time I will need to complete it!
Here is an example of how I use the sticky notes app:
I pray these three tips to help you stay organized and keep life simple! College gets busy, but I know you can do it with God’s strength and wisdom!