Good morning Dinks. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of my college graduation. I can’t even believe it but I graduated from college in December of 2005. It seems like a lifetime ago, but at the same time I remember it like it was yesterday.
What have you accomplished since graduation?
So much has happened since I walked that stage with my diploma in hand: I’ve had nine different jobs (some overlapping and two of my own), I’ve moved twice, I got my certified financial planners designation and I’ve gone back to school twice to study business law and journalism. WOW, that’s a lot in a decade.
Even though I was in college ten years ago I still think about it a lot. I wonder what my life would be like if I stayed at home and went to school instead of moving 800 miles away from my family. I wonder what would have happened if I went back home after school instead of staying in the same city and I wonder if maybe I wouldn’t even be in the country if I would have taken a semester abroad to study.
If you could go back to school would you do it differently?
Do you ever think about your college years? If I could go back and do it all again I would definitely do things differently. I had a great college experience in the sense that I graduated and landed a full time job immediately afterwards. However I don’t think I really got the full college experience.
During college I was always running between my two jobs, classes and group work sessions. Group work is the worst! During my entire four years I felt like I was always three steps behind. I never really got a chance to take a breath until the day I realized I had enough credits to graduate. I never spent an afternoon laying on the grass under a tree, I never studied with friends in the library and I never went to a single football game. These are all things I would like to do if I went back to school.
I know this sounds weird but I didn’t make any friends in college. I wasn’t a weird loner or anything, I spoke to other kids in my class but I just never had time to hang out on the weekends because I was always working. I also didn’t keep in touch with anyone after graduation, not even through Facebook.
Go on spring break
Whenever spring break came around I never hopped on a plane to Mexico or Europe. I always took the week off school as an opportunity to get more hours at work and make more money. Looking back at it now I wish I experienced a real spring break, even just once.
Take a semester abroad
This is probably my biggest regret. If I could go back I would take a semester abroad. I would study in a foreign country while travelling the world. I wish I went to Portugal, Spain or even France.
Do you have any college regrets?