I had a great college experience, I learned a lot, had some great (and not so great) moments and I’m really happy I went, but there are still some things I’m kicking myself for not doing while I was there. These are the 5 things I regret NOT doing while in college.
1. Join a club outside my comfort zone, but found interesting.
I had some friends who were part of the student news network on campus. I always thought it was interesting and wanted to learn more about it, I just never did. Everyone there has a family-like bond, and it can be a bit intimidating to plop yourself into something like that if you’re not good with certain social situations. I regret not doing it now because I’ve taken an interest in the communications world, and I have absolutely no experience at all.
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2. Having at least one minor in something useful
My minors were music and performing arts management. For some reason while I was in college, I wanted to be part of the music school so badly. Most of my friends were music students and I guess I just wanted to be part of it. I had loved playing in band in high school, and I loved pep band even more. I used every form of loophole to get myself into Hartt classes. Taking music theory and ear training was fun at the time (most of the time) and at one point with the combination I was able to sight read the bass part for pep band, but it’s no use to me now.
3. Making friends with my professors
THIS. SO MUCH OF THIS. I have absolutely no connections back at my university because I failed to find a professor and make friends. To be fair, I didn’t really fit well with the professors I had which made it a lot harder. The English department is also rather small. But now I have no one to turn to for recommendations or job hunting issues. I didn’t have a mentor to help me through things. Bummer.
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4. Having an internship
I am super kicking myself in the ass for this one. Even just one internship would have boosted my resume to something less of trying to turn the functions of an office clerk into a 2 paragraph essay because I need to fill up a piece of paper so it doesn’t look empty. It also would have given me the chance to figure out what field I’d like to go in. I wanted to use my summer for fun times, not more school.
5. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
I got roped into acting in a community day play my freshman year. I had started on tech, since I had just gotten into it my last 2 years of high school. But when people started dropping out because they didn’t like their part or they just couldn’t find the time for it, I got stuck with a few minor roles. I kind of enjoyed it, but I’m so scared of what other people think I never acted again. For a while it was out of spite since my friend who directed the play said “one day, Steph, I’ll get you on my stage again.” But now I wish I had. Probably would have helped with my self consciousness.
Do you have any regrets from college? Let’s talk about it in the comments!