I have been out of university for two years now and I recently read Angasa’s blogpost where she talks bout what mistakes she made in college and I thought I could make a similar list. But mine is the thing I should have done in college.

Met More People

I had two groups of friends in varsity. One was my class clique who were seven of the most amazing women I have ever met. Smart, funny, beautiful, insightful, all the right things. The other was a group of about 6 or 7 guys who to this day, I would do anything for and I know they would do the same for me. But that was it. I never met other people outside of my friend groups. There were people I did try being friends with but I don’t like forcing things so if our initial encounter was weird then goodbye. Perhaps I should have tried harder with all these other people.

Experimented Creatively

If ever there was a time for me to dabble in everything that I wanted to try out then College was definitely the time to do so. I am 25 years old and I’m only now starting to find my creative voice. I have tried my hand at theatre, photography, poetry, even tried to draw the other day. I should have just gotten this phase out of the way quicker when it was cute, now I’m just the old lady who has no idea what she is doing.

Participated in Extra Curriculars

In high school, I was the kid who did everything. Librarian? Check. Debate Team? Check. Public Speaking? Check. Quiz Team? Check. Young Writers? Check. Arts Captain? Check. Entered every competition? Check. I was basically the club girl. I think by the time I got to Varsity, I was worn out. I wanted to join the Varsity Debate Team, and I knew I would be a great addition to it but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I should have though. And that would have helped with the whole meeting people thing I mentioned earlier.

Learnt a second (or fifth) language

I had so much free time in my first two years of study and I should have invested that time into something worthwhile. The languages centre wasn’t too far from where I had my classes and all I had to do was sign up for a French or Portuguese class. It was free but I was too busy doing…I don’t even know what.

Been More Present

I really wish I didn’t hate my college days as much as I did. I remember during my first year, I travelled back home every weekend. I did not like the environment. It made no sense to me. I thought the people were shallow and superficial so I was always focusing on getting out. I spent more time on the phone with my family and friends than I did actually experiencing my college years. I didn’t realise until towards the end that these were possibly some of the best okayest years of my life.

So for anyone who is in college or still to go there, bear these in mind.