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Think of experiential learning as a class that meets outside a classroom, doesn't require flashcards for studying, and helps you build skills and knowledge in the real world. Experiential learning can happen wherever you get a chance to learn by doing, observing, experimenting, or taking action and then thinking critically about your experience. When organized around career goals, experiential learning usually takes place in the world of work.
You can't learn to ride a bike just by reading about it; you've got to get out there and try it. By applying what you are learning in the classroom to real-world situations and bringing back the knowledge you've gained through experience to the classroom, you can enrich your studies and add meaning to your academic goals.
Through experiential learning you can verify your choice of major, clarify career choices, and begin to develop your professional self. What's better than building skills that can actually go on your résumé?
Today, employers will be looking for work experience on your résumé. Even with good grades, it's nearly impossible to find a job without actual experience, be it an internship, job, or fellowship. By taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities, you can gain experience and training for your career while still in school.