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How to Make the Most of Your College Years

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The start of a new college year is just around the corner. And whether you’re an excited freshman or a wizened senior, each year offers new opportunities and chances to broaden your horizons—both academically and socially.

Are you ready?

To get your year started off right, we’ve collected 10 of our favorite Brazen posts that will help you make the most of your campus experience.

1.  6 Regrets-Turned-Tips That Will Make College Worth Your While

Save yourself some “learning the hard way” and maximize your college years by learning from those who have been there, done that.

2.  5 Life-Saving Browser Extensions for College Students

If you can use the Internet in a smart way, you can study better and finish that term paper faster (and move on to the fun parts of being in college).

3.  What You Can Learn About Success From the Education of Millionaires

Writer Michael Ellsberg went from being broke to making six figures doing work he loves. Discover the lessons he learned from successful college dropouts and self-educated entrepreneurs in this inspiring podcast.

4.  Test Out of College: Graduate in 1 Year With Degree-By-Examination

What if you didn’t need to spend years in a classroom or take out mortgage-sized loans to earn your degree? What if you could cut your graduation time by 75 percent—completing a bachelor’s degree in one year instead of four that had the same earning power as a regular degree? This post will teach you how.

5.  4 Ways to Dive Into Entrepreneurship While You’re Still in College

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell and Bill Gates have in common? They all founded their companies while still in college. If you dream of starting your own business, you don’t have to wait until you graduate.

6.  How to Make “Bank” in Your Unpaid Internship

For many students, an internship is a great way to gain experience and get your foot in the door of your chosen profession. And just because an internship is unpaid, that doesn’t mean you can’t still “bank” plenty of benefits (including, yes, even a little cash in your pocket).

7.  How Useful is a College Degree These Days?

That’s right, we’re asking that question in a list on how to make the most of your college experience. Because considering the author’s argument—and the great discussion it generated in the comments—can make you truly examine what you want to get out of your college degree and how to make that happen.

8.  Are Recent College Grads a ‘Lost Generation’?

Another post with great debate in the comments to get you thinking about what the future might hold and how you can use your time at college to best prepare yourself for success.

9.  5 Life-Changing Courses All Universities Should Teach

Your school might not offer these courses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on your classmates by learning about the topics now. Consider it Real World 101.

10.  5 Bad Reasons to Apply to Grad School

If you’re at that point in your college journey where “the next step” is something you need to seriously start considering, make sure you’re making the right decision by checking out these wrong reasons for applying to grad school.

What other tips do you have for making the most out of college?

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