4 Things I Never Did In College…That I Wish I Had

You only get one shot at life. One shot at high school, one shot at college, and one shot at being young.

You’ll never be able to do anything perfect, and it’s cliché to say, but life is about learning from your mistakes.

As my time in college, and school in general for that matter, is rapidly coming to a close, I look back at all the things that I didn’t do and find myself (for lack of a better word) regretting it.

As you enter college and begin this once in a lifetime journey, remember these things you shouldn’t miss out on:

Find alternative routes: If you are a transfer student and are a couple courses behind, trying to save money, or just want to graduate sooner for personal reasons, there are many options to completing your course requirements. Taking summer classes, or winter or spring sessions at a community college nearby can help you save money that you would spend at a university and help you cover more ground faster. If you don’t want to take a full course load during your breaks, even taking one extra class is a step closer to the end.

Sororities and Fraternities: When I was going into college the woman that I worked for told me so many times to join a sorority because that is how she made her best college friends and memories. I didn’t because I didn’t think it was for me. It may not have been but I regret not trying it out. As I walk around my campus I constantly see groups of Greek life brothers and sisters walking together, and there are always posters for Greek sponsored events. It may turn out that you don’t like the intensity or intimacy of a sorority or fraternity but you don’t want to have that “what-if” like I do.

Sports Team: Cheerleading was my life in high school. Every since I started in the Pop Warner league when I was in 6th grade, I was hooked. When I got to high school and joined the cheerleading team, practice was more fun then work and I made some of best lifelong friends. I tried joining the team in college, but with transferring, adjusting to commuting, and a new job, cheerleading became overwhelming so I chose not to continue. Now every time I see the cheerleaders at a football game or see a competition on TV I am saddened. I wish I stuck it out in college for a little longer and gave myself more time to adjust. Sports teams are great for making friends, staying fit, and enjoying your passions, and are worth a shot.

Go to student sponsored events: The student events team works hard to put out free or reasonably priced events for students to enjoy. While yes, they do sometimes put on cheesy games, they do also put out great concerts, shows, poetry readings, book signings and lectures. It’s a great way to open up your horizons, network, meet new people, or at the very least have a different, inexpensive, fun Friday night.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.

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