While you won't be able to help learning more about networking on the job, building a good foundation in advance will be to your advantage. If you're interested in certification, the CompTIA Network+ is a good credential to pursue. If not, you could probably do just as well by reading and learning from any of the many good Network+ books available on the market. The Sybex and Microsoft Press study guides for Network+ get high marks, and would be good choices for you to examine futher. The only way to learn more about networking than reading and studying is by doing. If you can afford it, you should try to get two or more PCs networked together, and explore how networking works for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh computers. You might even want to think about looking for a part-time job on campus--such as in a computer lab, working with a library computer network, or something similar--to improve your exposure to and understanding of networking.
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