I don’t believe people when they tell me they regret nothing in their lives. Let’s be honest, everybody has some things they want to change. If I could give my 18-year-old self some advice, I’d start by telling me not to wear a white dress to prom when pasta is being served. Bad idea.
1) Relax about Money
As my mom continues to tell me: “You’re not the first student in debt, and you won’t be the last.” I paid my way through an expensive five years in university. Be smart with your money, but stop stressing. Going for dinner, taking that vacation or taking a day off work isn’t going to make-or-break you, so just relax.
2) Do all the research you can
Not only did I realize in my 4th year that I was in the wrong program, but I realized that I could have gone to my dream school for the same cost as the one I attended. I could have saved myself from those mistakes if I took more time to think about my decisions.
3) Don’t commute
Just save yourself, it isn’t worth it. My commute was anywhere from 4-6 hours a day. By the time I was home, I was cold, cranky, tired and unmotivated. Mix that with working and homework, and it’s not a pretty sight.
4) When something feels like it’s over, it’s over.
I spent a lot of my university life holding onto friendships that weren’t worth it. It really pulled me back and hurt me terribly. If people aren’t growing with you, leave them behind. You’ll find better people.
5) Get involved
This goes back to my commute. I lived so far from school that I never had time to join clubs or attend events. I have almost zero memories from college, and I really regret that now.
6) It’s not real life
Sure, when we graduated from high school, it finally felt like the real world. But it’s not. Make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes. This is your time to do it.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.