Competitions are very interesting opportunities. They are hosted by organizations or companies and require some kind of contribution. Students compete with their ideas, photos, essays, or other projects, in order to win awards. Some competitions award money as well as other interesting prizes, like conference trips, airplane tickets, internships, and even job offers.
It may not be obvious at first, but taking part in a competition can be a life-changing experience. It requires a lot of hard work, but it pays off later! You test your skills and knowledge in practical, real-world scenarios, which is so valuable to your future success.
We highly recommend you participate in as many student competitions as possible. You can even use some of those activities as professional experiences on your resume, regardless if you won or were a short-listed participant. Imagine adding to your resume the info that you participated in student competitions organized by Google, Daimler, or Schneider Electric!