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Being in college is often a constant mix of excitement, stress, potential and pressure. There is so much to do and experience, but you also have a host of obligations to tend to at any given moment. Striking a balance is difficult, and it can be even more difficult when your worldview is in a state of flux, as it so often is for young students. You may feel motivated to make a difference in some way, but it isn’t always clear how to do this. There are several ways that college students can change the world for the better.
The following examples prove that students are better prepared than anybody to affect positive change in their own environments and the surrounding world. If you are a college student looking for ways to make the world a better place, consider the following ways that you can do so and leave your mark.
College is the time when you should be learning and developing your professional skills in preparation for your future career. Whether you are studying physics or English, there is likely some way you can use your developing expertise to help others and further hone your skills in the process. You can start by looking for internships. Rather than looking for opportunities directly within your field, though, look elsewhere to see if there are internships at non-profits and other humanitarian organizations that may be relevant to your major. This is a great way to gain professional experience while doing good.
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You can also make a difference by getting involved in a charity that you care about. Though you are likely on a restricted budget as a college student, a little often goes a long way. Consider your monthly budget and try to work in donations to a charity that you care about. Even $10 a month is often enough to support program initiatives. Before you donate your hard-earned funds, though, do some research to understand how the charity you are considering will spend the money you donate. Find an organization that will use it effectively.
Donating money is not the only way that you can get involved in a charity, of course. Time is money, and you can also donate your time to a cause that you care about. As a college student, you likely have a busy schedule full of classes and other obligations, but just donating five hours a week or fewer can have a major impact on an organization and help you further a cause that you care about, too. International organizations such as UNESCO rely on volunteers and philanthropists such as Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva to help those in need.
There are likely a host of organizations on campus that are dedicated to furthering certain social causes and raising awareness of social issues. You can get involved in these organizations and provide your skills to help make an impact. One way to do this is to organize events on campus that get other students interested and involved in making a difference, too. Events do not have to be big or expensive in order to be effective. You can partner with the organizations that you care about to simply host meetings, for example, and discuss bigger ways to get involved.
When you want to change the world and make a positive impact, it is important not to get tunnel vision in regards to the cause that you care about. You need to understand that there are many issues to address—many of which are interconnected—and devoting your energy to one does not mean that you cannot care about other issues. Look beyond your immediate environment to consider ways that you can make a difference and be a positive light in the world. You might be surprised to see that there are ways to tackle multiple issues with your efforts.
Your efforts are meaningful, but they are even more meaningful when they inspire the people around you, too. You can do a world of good by spreading awareness of the issues that you care about and mobilizing your classmates to get involved, too. There are many opportunities to do this in college—the next time you are giving a presentation, consider linking it to a social issue that you care about. Inviting friends to on-campus events can also help spread awareness and encourage others to get involved in causes that are important to you.
With the right attitude and approach, every college student can make a difference in the world. These are just a few ideas, but with your skills and creativity, you can surely find even more opportunities to affect real change and improve the lives of people in your local community and around the world.
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