All college experiences are different, but mine is one that I will cherish forever. I learned more about myself in college than I thought I would, and I had some great experiences. I met some fabulous people, and really started to come into my own in college.
But there are things that I wish I had learned in college but didn’t.
Things I wish I had learned in College:
If I remember correctly they offered this course, but I didn’t take it. I guess I didn’t need it, but now I wish I had. Not that we have huge issues with our finances, but it would have been nice to learn more about 401k’s, IRAs, life insurance before I got into the real worth. I have all 3 of those things provided through work, but it would have been nice to know what they were all about before I graduated.
The Long term Effect of student Loans
I had people, including my family, tell me all about student loans and how hard they were to pay off. The terms of some of them just are too much and too complicated when you need the money yesterday. So, I made some poor choices about who my loans went through and the terms when I consolidated them together after I graduated. I wish we had a course or a seminar to help us navigate these annoying things. And if they did offer that, I wish it had been mandatory to attend.
Get an MBA right after Undergrad or it probably won’t happen
I heard this advice all through college as well, but I just never really paid attention to it. I would love to get my MBA, but the longer I am out of college the harder it will be to get back into the swing of things. And I would have to take night classes so that I can keep working. I wish I had taken this advice more seriously and gotten my MBA right out of college before I started my job. But it didn’t work that way, did it?
Friendships you make in college probably won’t last
More often than not, the friendships you make in college (I’m not talking about Sorority sisters) probably won’t last. You will likely end up in different states than each other and your lives will slowly drift apart. You will try when you both graduate (and that might not happen at the same time), but it will just slowly end. And that is OK. Some friendships are meant to have ebbs and flows. And some friends are meant to be in your lives forever.
Is there anything you wish college taught you?