There are many things to consider when starting your college career in order to get the most out of it.

Yes, your grades earn the degree, but I'll let you in on a little secret—employers look for more than that. They want to know that you not only have knowledge of your field, but also the skills and experiences that will help you succeed in the professional world. They look for leadership qualities and communication skills, as well as the ability to work with others. 

These skills can be fostered in so many ways at YHC. Join a club that interests you and work towards a leadership role. I joined S.P.A.G.E. (Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators) because I have a passion for education. I enjoy being able to lead our new organization in developing a strong role and voice on campus and providing professional development for those in the education field. 

I joined Sigma Beta Sigma (Susan Bs) sorority because I wanted a strong support system throughout my time here, and enjoyed it so much I became president! I have loved the chance to be a representative of a great group of girls and lead the sorority in planning events, community service and more. 

Community service, by the way, is one of the best assets you can have on your résumé. Employers look for graduates who have made an effort to impact their community in a positive way. There are constant opportunities for community service on and off campus. The Bonner Leaders host trail maintenance days and sponsor the after-school program for grade-school children down the street in Young Harris. Many organizations hold canned food drives and other programs to support the military, economically disadvantaged families, and more. I have even volunteered my time at a local animal shelter. 

Take the time to consider how you want to be viewed after college, and get involved in the numerous opportunities on campus. Not only will you have an awesome resume, but you will meet so many people, try new things and have fun doing it!