This is a fabulous question-- and one I wish I would've asked when I was in #college
! While college was, overall, a good experience for me and I "came out of my shell" a lot more so to speak, I still wish I had done a lot of things differently.
For starters, I wish I had put more effort into my #grades
. That's not to say that I didn't do well or that I flunked any of my #classes
, I just wish I had taken more time to fine tune my efforts and make me look better on my graduate program applications.
I also wish I had joined at least one club or organization and stuck with it. Socializing as a whole was never my forte and because I was a commuter student I saw it more as an inconvenience than anything else. It's not. Even if it feels like it is, it's not. Clubs and organizations are hugely beneficial in that you'll meet new friends, build your networks, and have a potentially endless list of future references. Plus it can be fun too!
As I previously said, I was a commuter student. I graduated high school at 17 and I just wasn't ready to move out at that point in my life. I wish I had taken the plunge and done it, even if I did still stay at a school only 30 minutes from my house. I think it would have vastly accelerated the improvements I made on myself throughout college, and again, it's a new opportunity to make friends and build your networks.
I wish I had gotten to know my #professors
better. I can say with probably about 99% confidence that only one of my professors remembers me and that's a huge inconvenience when you have no work experience and no networks to fall back on when you need references and letters of recommendation!
I wish I had volunteered, interned, or even worked while I was in school. For my #career
goals, I'm not sure what work experience might have helped but volunteering and interning could have vastly improved my chances of getting a #job
in my desired field directly out of college.
One thing I'm extremely happy I did do while in school was thoroughly plan the next semester's #classes
out well before registration opened. My university had set scheduling for when we could register (i.e., not everyone could register at the same time, we were all assigned a date and time we could do so) so actually getting the classes and professors I wanted was tough every time. I researched and planned and did everything in advance, including compiling a lengthy list of back up classes, so that I would be sure I'd get at least 5 every semester. Getting desired courses/professors became tougher and tougher as the years went by because I had fewer and fewer required classes as well as electives I was actually interested in, yet I still managed to get every single professor I wanted for nearly every single course I wanted. Planning ahead does work!
It looks like you posted this question quite some time ago but I hope my answer can still be of help to you. Best of luck!