As someone who has been on the "teaching side" of a college classroom now for 15 years, I often wish students devoted more time to studying than they often do. There is so much to be learned from reading textbooks (boring as they may seem) and actually working on class assignments in a focused, determined way rather than just whipping something out the day (or hour!) before they are due.
However, I also must say that some students get even MORE from university life than they would be hitting the books...these are the students who find the delicate balance between getting the most from the classroom/textbooks/assignments and the out of class activities that are still learning and academically based.
Most of today's colleges and universities realize that experiential learning is key to really making knowledge stick. Students often ask me if I should have an internship. The answer is, of course, an enthusiastic "YES".
But, it's so much more than internships. Find a club that is related to your intersts. Radio...how about WIUX? Television...how about WTIU or IU Student Television.
Or, there is the Business Careers in Entertainment Club
Or...you could always contact one of your favorite professors and find out what research they are working on OUTSIDE the classroom and whether they are in need of any help. Chances are, if you are willing to be committed and want to learn, they can find a place for you.
And...it's helpful to your learning. Don't believe me, check out a just released report by the National Survey of Student Engagement:
Here's the intro to that report's press release:
Findings from a national survey released today show that while student
engagement helps all learners, those who come to college less well prepared
academically or are from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds
tend to benefit even more. Being involved in educationally purposeful activities such as
interacting with faculty members and working with peers on projects inside and outside
of class has positive effects on grades and increases the odds that students will return
to college for a second year