I'm not going to pretend to be wise.

I'm a mid-20's, mostly clueless white male (see: dude). I do, however, confidently know some things. On that short list of things is a topic I want to discuss today:

things I wish I knew in college.

It's easy to think that going to all of your classes is enough. The job market is slowly improving, and you'll probably land your dream job in, like, 5 to 7 years, or something. 


The median annual salary for millennials hovers around $25,000. Making real money out of college is going to take some serious hustle, and there's certain steps integral to success that few professors will tell you. 


With that in mind, here are 3 things that every college kid should do to empower themselves for future success. 


1. Make a Website

You can make a comprehensive, professional website on Squarespace for $200. That's less than the average textbook.


Learning how to effectively write, lay out, and convey ideas in the digital realm can open unimaginable career doors.

Template-based CMS services like Wix, Wordpress and Squarespace offer a great introduction into the world of content creation & web design, with minimal coding language requirements. I'm partial to Squarespace.

At the price point, it's a great way to spend a few hours a week fooling around - or trying to make a serious business out of your blog (hint: it's totally possible).


2. Set Up a Side Hustle

Sell your art easily with Society6. Write tweets for Qnary. Offer a funny service on Fiverr. Make t-shirts with your friends. Knit hats for Etsy

Find something you're good at, and turn it into a hustle. It doesn't have to be your job, and it doesn't have to be a serious obligation. If you can't think of anything, find a friend who's got a great idea, and help them start it. 


3. Get Hubspot Certified

I know, another test? C'mon. But seriously - Hubspot is crushing the internet marketing/content world right now, and they offer an amazing treasury of resources for free.

It's less than 5 hours of your life. 

Think about how much you're paying for school, and consider that you could also be getting the scoop on what companies are using right now to make tons of money. 


That's it!

It's hard to imagine that there's anything beyond the horizon of beer pong and Keystone, but I can promise you there is (sometimes it's more beer). 

Taking even a few hours a week to be just a little more prepared for your future can create some serious opportunity. Do it up.