Remember the day you walked on your college campus to attend your first day of class? It was an overwhelming feeling of independence, yet fearfulness. Though it’s easy to take the first couple years of college to enjoy your freedom and put off thinking about the future until closer to graduation, you should be taking this time to start setting yourself up for a successful career.

Colleges offer a variety of activities that can help you plan for your future now. Participate in as many activities as you can to gain more insight and knowledge to build your network and help define your career path. Below are a few activities to consider while you are in college to help you set up a successful post-grad experience:

Get an internship. Internships are one of the best ways to put your knowledge to the test and teach you skills you can’t learn from a book. Not to mention, this is one of the best things you can have on your resume after graduation.

Study abroad. This is something everyone should take advantage of. Living in a different country can be scary, but when you do it through school, you won’t be alone. This is a great experience to force yourself out of your comfort zone and learn more about the world—not to mention the amazing weekend trips you get to enjoy.    

Network. Although networking can be a bit intimidating, the sooner you make the effort to start, the better off you’ll be. Networking can not only help you with finding a job after you graduate, but it is a great way to practice your personal selling and communication skills which will help make you more marketable in the future.

These are my top three activities you should participate in while in college to get the most out of your college career while trying to advance your professional career at the same time.

What other activities do you think are important in college to fuel your career?