As a software student it is expected of you to take up projects during your course duration. Keeping this in mind, you will have to plan your studies in such a way that your mind gets adapted to the practical application of concepts. Getting to know the foundational topics thoroughly is the key here. Of course, you will learn many things when you take up a project, but having strong basics will help you in dealing with the projects better.
Computer languages are very important. In particular if you plan to become a developer or a tester, you will have to gain good knowledge in languages. Even if you have long term goals of becoming a designer or system architect, having an understanding about languages is imperative. Many times you will have to pick projects based on the language it requires. For example, you may have to pick C projects to implement graphics programming or Java projects if you want to come up with object oriented applications.
Getting to know about the basics of project processes is also important. Software designing and implementing approaches like Agile or SDLC will give you a more organized way of doing things. Also, you will have a good grip over the progress of your project.
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