5 Things I Regret Doing in College

Since my 5 Things I Regret NOT Doing in College post did so well, I thought I’d go off that and post my 5 Things I Regret Doing in College. It may not be as an exciting of a list, but if it prevents just one person from repeating my mistakes, that’s all that matters.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

But, when I look back as a whole, I wish I would have stopped, but I know now that I never would have without an actual deep need to. That’s something with addictions: you can’t change unless you really want to. 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.

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