Do What NO ONE Else Would to Win
Quick tip for college students: email your professors before classes start.
Instead of treating them like the enemy, treat them like a human being.
Be interested in them.
When you initiate, you become so much more memorable.
And literally NO ONE else will do this.
That's your advantage.
EXTRA NOTE: This also works in real life. Except you're not emailing your professors -- you're emailing the middle management in the company that you want to work for. It's not as exciting or as shiny as contacting the CEO directly, but it's your best "in".
Because again, NO ONE is doing it.