Back to school advice for EE college students?

Universities and colleges are just about ready to start a new academic year. With that in mind, what is the best advice you can share to help engineering students maximize the value they get from their engineering education? Or looking at the question differently, what do you wish you had been told you when you were an engineering student?
Test every bit of information you learn practically by buying the components and if this is not feasible due to price or availability constrains use a simulation software. This was a turning point for me, after I have started experimenting everything myself , even easy stuff, i got different perspective into engineering.