What I wish I had done differently

This year, I am a Senior in college and everyone is talking about graduate school. Everyone is making a list of graduate schools that they’re interested in and taking their GREs. But I am not, and why’s that?

My sophomore year of high school I transferred to a catholic high school, which was not free. My parents spent about half of my college savings on high school instead of college and that set us pretty far back. I was childish and didn’t consider the long-term affects.

When you go to college you take a variety of classes alongside your major classes. My first semester I didn’t have a job, I only had to worry about school and I did really great. The next semester, I took this one class that destroyed my GPA, I’ve been waiting three years for them to offer the class again so I can retake it for a better grade and they have decided they’re not. That bad grade is going to weigh my GPA down forever. Overall, I am a solid B+ and A- student, with an occasional C+ in a class that I should’ve put more effort into.

One of my biggest mistakes was not taking advantage of internships and research assistant opportunities. Grad schools require recommendations and I’m in my second to last semester and I’ve never met with a Communicaton Disorders professor, which is fatal. Graduate schools are looking for experience, determination, and great connections with faculty.

I wish that I had taken my classes more seriously and studied more. I wish I had cared less about trying to have a 3 or 4-day weekend and applied for a research assistant position. I wish I had met with teachers, whether it was a question about class or just something about the major or career. I think one of the smartest things you can do in college is be a TA so you can get close with your professors while also recieving credits.

For those reasons, I will not be applying to grad school right away. I am honestly devastated by how much I took college for granted and didn’t put my all into school. I’m not saying neglect the fun college experiences but don’t let FOMO ruin your academic performance.

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