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5 Tips for Getting Argos Out of Their Comfort Zones

It’s internship and graduation season, and you know what that means? It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, throw on some confidence and put yourself out there. Your college years are the time to try out new things whether that be eating gelato in Venice or working in a law office and hating it. To set you up for success, and coax you out of your netflixcoma, we collected a few tips and advice for getting you out of your comfort zone.

1. Explore Your Degree

Students often begin their degrees with only one career goal in mind without considering other lucrative options in their degree. There are so many ways to test if the different routes in your degree work for you. You can join clubs or work in any campus jobs that relate to your career field like at the gym or in the UWF Writing Lab. Another way to explore your degree is by attending events like the Law School Forum. Putting yourself out there, even if only a tiny part of you is interested, is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and your skills set.

2. Do More Than Just Get Your Degree

Yes, having a high GPA is cool, but that shouldn’t be your only goal. One of the first things your future employer is going to want to know is what experience do you have, so it’s important that you take advantage of every opportunity you can to improve your resume. UWF offers conferences that students can participate in every semester. This semester’s is the Student Scholar Symposium. Participating in conferences is a great way to get to know other students in your field and explore what research interests you.

3. Don’t be Afraid to Network

Networking is a great step toward building your reputation in your field. The first people you should start networking with are your instructors. Your professors at UWF are more than just the people who assign you homework; they are also your key to entering your field. Your professors should be your go-to person for questions about furthering your education, applying for jobs and just for general advice, so spend some office hours with your most influential instructors. You can also network with your peers and at campus events like Argos Suit Up!

4. Apply to Your Dream Internship

You should go with your interests when it comes to internships, jobs and careers. Some students are afraid to apply to well-known internship opportunities like Forbes or Atlantis because they don’t think they have a chance, and to that I say, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, so just take one.” The worst case is they say no, but best case they say yes. That’s what makes it worth it.

5. Travel the World

You have to get out there and discover that the world is too big to be left unexplored. Students often say the reason they can’t study abroad is money, but UWF offers scholarships to help students afford this opportunity. Check out some of the study abroad programs UWF has to offer.

Gina Castro is a senior at the University of West Florida where she is double majoring in English Literature and Journalism. When she's not researching new stories to write articles about, she is watching knitting tutorials or obsessing over Toni Morrison.

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