College is a time to learn and grow. It’s really when we go from children to young adults and real members of society. It’s hard to know exactly what you should and shouldn’t do, or what will be helpful or harmful to your future self. Here are 10 things you definitely won’t regret doing in these formative years:
You won’t regret…
1. The nights you stayed out with your best friends on adventures, running through the sprinklers as they went on at 3 am.
2. The classes you went to, the one when you listened and tried your best.
3. Being nice and getting to know someone you never talked to again. Other perspectives are always valuable, and so are people skills. Plus, you never know who’ll get famous. Seriously.
4. A night in with movies, Chinese food and your roommates. Even amazing college students need downtime.
5. Trying something and failing. Cultivate this now; being brave enough to take a risk and accepting that you can’t win every time is a skill you can use for the rest of your life. Sometimes rejection is a better learning experience than success.
6. Giving four years to pursuing something you care about.
7. Tempering that with learning some real world skills and business acumen, or if you do a business degree, with something creative and impractical.
8. Asking for help when you need it. Universities have amazing support systems, and knowing when you need help and that there’s no shame in asking for it is hard even for many adults.
9. Exercising a little less than you should (but more than not at all). Don’t spend all day at the gym; do go for a walk. Your body is in a great place to get into healthy habits; find your balance.
10. Studying abroad. Please, please study abroad. They’ve done all the work for you; all you have to do is enjoy it. It’s so much harder to pack up your life for 6 months and live in Italy once you’re out of school.
You will regret…
Everything about the cost of tuition.