College: The Do Over

I’m just about rounding out my 3rd year of University. Luke’s finishing his 4th and final. And reading this article has brought to light many of the things that I think about my university experience.

I’m going to start out by saying that I lived at home during university. I lived a 30 minute bus, a 45 minute train, and a 30 minute walk from campus. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time traveling. I love a lot of things about living at home: it’s free (I’m a saver!), I don’t have to worry about bills or grocery shopping, and I can focus on my schoolwork without distractions from other people.

With that being said, I feel like I missed out on a lot. I never went to the bar, never went clubbing, I never lived downtown, and I spent like 3 hours a day traveling, meaning that I really don’t want to stick around after my class that finishes at 6.

I know that some people live at home and still do these things. I guess I just have different priorities. I work 2 jobs, meaning I work every weekend, all weekend, as well as a few evenings a week. I have 15-20 hours of class a week (and I go to every one) not to mention assignments and group projects (which, unfortunately, my program favors). And I need to make time to spend with my family and friends.

So yeah, sometimes I wish I could’ve had a College Do Over. There are definitely things I would’ve changed. I would’ve come from a wealthy family, allowing me to live downtown on campus (at $1000 a month) and not need to work. But then, I wouldn’t have saved as much as I have, allowing me to move to another country. I would’ve spent all my time with my friends, but I would’ve lost my scholarship and Deans List accreditation. So really, in the end, there’s not much I could’ve changed.

It’s one of those things that you see in the movies; “the college experience”. I would say that I had a very different experience, but I love it all the same. I value hardwork, and yeah, would I like it sometimes if I could just switch off and act like everyone else? I’ve had my moments. But at the end of the day, I like having a busy, hardworking life. Because, 10 years down the line, I can look back on my university years and see that I’ve made a few really good friends, learned a lot about responsibility, and am prepared for my life running my own business.

This post outlines a lot of really great tips that I have followed throughout my university career. But I just have to add one thing: do exactly what you want to do, and not just what everyone else is doing. Everybody’s university experience is different, but as long as you do exactly what works for you, you’ll look back and have no regrets.

My university experience may not be picture perfect, but it’s made me who I am, and I have to say, I like me.


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