How to Stand Out in College

Why stand out in college? Let me tell you. Most likely you’re attending college for the goal of getting a wonderful job that hopefully pays decently. Unfortunately more and more students are enrolling in college and the competition in the workforce is fiercer than ever.

So we put together this small guide that will help you stand out among your peers. The earlier you start, the better!

Get involved in an organization

There are so many benefits to joining an organization. You’ll make friends, learn a bunch of soft skills, and have a chance to run for a board position. Having a leadership position in a student organization looks amazing on a resume. Employers love seeing leadership because it shows that you are responsible and determined. We have a whole article on why you should join a student org so check that out!


Projects outside of your classes show you have passion, as you are willing to work outside of your required assignments. On campus, there are often workshops that provide you with tools to help you build your project. This is also a great place to meet other motivated students and work in teams. The DFX Laboratory at USF provides students with 3D printers, laser cutting machines, power tools and more!


Having an internship is the best way to stand out to employers, hands down. Why? See meme below… Having an internship means you’re already somewhat experienced, which will give that leg-up when applying to that entry-level job. They know that you’ve been trained before and thus will you likely adapt faster to your job. Successfully obtaining an internship unfortunately is not a walk in the park. We also have an article on that as well!


If you’re interested in research and development or planning to go to graduate school, we highly recommend applying to research positions at your university. Find a professor with a field you’re interested in and ask if she or he is looking for assistants. Professors are usually in need of assistants which makes it easier to get in.

GPA, it’s not what you think…

GPA is important, but it’s not the ultimate deciding factor between you and the other candidates. So please don’t prioritize striving for that 4.0 with the cost of not getting involved in organizations, performing research, or interning. We recommend to have a minimum of a 3.0 and preferably over 3.5 to further stand out. 

It’s tough being a student especially during these times. Don’t give up! There are people out there willing to help you. Stay focused and strive to be the best you. Also, if you’re a college student and need a place to live, make sure to check out Zublease!

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