Everyone’s Biggest Regrets on Leaving University By Simon Thompson
Have any regrets on leaving university? Don’t worry, we all do. From not going out enough, to not studying hard enough, to not spending enough time with friends, we all have our own personal regrets on leaving university - how could we not? So, to make you feel a bit less alone in any regrets you might be wallowing in, here’s a list of eight of the biggest regrets pretty much everyone will experience on leaving university. It might not make those regrets go away, but it’s always good to know you’re not alone.
1.) Not taking enough photos
Although our generation are glued to our mobile phones, many students are still too coy to take photos or ask for photos of themselves. Try and think beyond the 3 seconds of embarrassment as after leaving university - it is nice idea to use photographs to make items such as a scrapbook of your experiences. It is also important to take photographs at a range of events, not just the big nights out or the end of year ball. Photos of you and your housemates just hanging about the kitchen or in a café, for instance, will show a more honest reflection of your university life when you look back at old photographs in years to come.
Each year, keeping a diary is on the top of my new year resolution list, and each year it somehow slips off the list. As with taking more photographs, keeping a diary is a great way to record your time at uni and may prove to be insightful reading material down the line. A diary doesn’t have to be a formal affair of writing pages after pages each day. There are diaries to buy which have a ‘one line a day’ format so you can just jot your thoughts from that day. Although you may not see the importance at the time, imagine trying to remember the names of your friends or places you used to go out when you’re too old to recollect.
3.) Being too lazy to get involved in societies
At university there are thousands of activities to get involved with right on your doorstep. Taking part in sport, campaigning, or your course society is a great way to meet friends and feel like you are properly engaged in uni life. A great deal of students regret not continuing with a school sport, for example, or improving their skills in an instrument.
4.) Not taking advantage of university services
Whether this is help with your CV, career advice, or personal counselling, universities offer a range of services which are harder to receive after leaving university. While you are there, it is beneficial to look properly into the sorts of guidance you can receive.
5.) Not getting involved in career related activities
There is no harm in treating university like one big party for some of your time. As your uni days draw to a close, however, you may notice the gaps in your CV. Getting involved in career related activities doesn’t have to be boring and tedious. You may want to write for the student newspaper, for example, or become a committee member of a society related to a certain industry.
6.) House activities
At the start of the year you and your friends will have discussed the exciting and creative house activities you are going to arrange. Once term starts and your workload begins, however, these plans often fail to materialize. Although it's easier said than done, try and sort out some group meals, hold a movie night or even throw a party!
7.) Staying healthy
Although living off pizza and baked beans may seem expected of student life, somewhere down the line you will probably regret that extra stone and a half. Avoid those extra pounds by buying a gym membership at the start of the year and researching quick but healthy meals.
8.) Staying in the student bubble
Students tend to remain comfortable in the student area of a city and can go days or weeks without seeing people of different ages. Although it's great to feel like you live in a studenty area, it is also fun to explore the local area. It might be fun to organise day trips to the countryside or to local attractions such as museums or national trust sites. Traveling beyond your student bubble will make you feel like you have properly lived in your university area rather than living between the library and the local pub.
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