Everyone has regrets, and college or university is a common place to make them. I mean, you’re an adult on their own for the first time, you’re going to screw up at some point. I made a few mistakes in my college career and wanted to share them with you so you won’t make the same mistake I did! Here are my 5 Things I Regret Doing in College.
Choosing English as a Major
I have absolutely no problem with my English degree. Writing and books are one of the few things I can do relatively okay. It’s something that comes natural to me, so why not major in it? Even as a freshman a 5 page essay was normal to me.
So why do I regret it?
College/University is a place to challenge yourself and explore what you want to do. I basically went with English because I already knew it. Sometimes I wish I would have chosen something else. Something to broaden my knowledge base. But other times I’m okay with it. I know writing is something I want to have in my life.
Picking Useless Minors
At the time, they weren’t so useless. I chose Music and Performing Arts Management as my minors. At the time I was heavily influenced by the music school, and people in music majors. The university I went to has a prestigious music school. It takes a lot of talent and hard work to get in. Somehow I managed to make friends with a huge amount of music students. I was in the pep band. Music because something I longed after.
So I found my loophole into the school. The Music and Performing Arts Management minors didn’t require you to audition with an instrument. So I took it. The required courses for one turned out to qualify as the electives for the other. It was a win-win situation.
Until after I graduated and realized I could have picked up a more useful minor instead. It’s great that I was able to sight read for the first time in my life with those classes, but I haven’t used that in years and have forgotten most of what I was taught anyway.
Taking That Class Because of a Professor
I was pretty clueless as to how schedules, required classes and the like. When creating my first semester schedule is was basically a pick of what was left that was open. My second semester I had no idea what I was doing and definitely didn’t understand what classes I needed. I basically ended up taking an International Relations class that had nothing to do with my major, and I have no real recollection of anything that was taught. I just happened to like the professor and haphazardly added it to my schedule.
Waiting So Long to Get Mental Health Help
It was painfully obvious that I had depression from about 12 years old up. My anxiety didn’t really kick in until a few years later. But by the time I was in high school, I really could have used professional help. It was a combination of depression and anxiety being the norm in my household and my parents not wanting to believe anything was wrong.
I didn’t get help until about my second semester of college. And I wasn’t on medication I needed until after that. I’m grateful that I eventually got help, but regret not doing it sooner.
Related: Step-by-Step Self Care Guide
Overdoing the Booze
This is something that I sort of regret, but would never in a million years change what’s happened. Sure, I would have liked to not drink as much on certain nights, but everything that happened in college has made me who I am today. I wouldn’t be sober without it. I’d probably still be drinking.
And at that point in my life (and probably a lot of other people’s lives) college is the first chance to let go, be free from parental control and experiment with things.
Do you have any regrets from college or university? Let me know in the comments!