Avoid These Recent Grad Regrets

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College is the best time to practice the new YOLO phenomena; you’re on your own and independent. You’re old enough to know better but too young to care, so get into a little trouble. Unfortunately, not all college kids YOLO to their full potential and may be graduating school with a few regrets. Zach Salt, a business analyst at a large investment bank graduated in 2012 from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Salt, a brother in Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, says he “YOLOed pretty accurately” but still wished there were certain things he did. Here’s his top five list of ways to make sure you don’t graduate with the same regrets.

1.) College Hopping

“I'd like to have traveled to other schools more to see what they were like and how they compared to Michigan and my college life.” Bus companies such as Megabus and Bolt Bus have tickets as low as a buck. So call up a friend at a different university and go for a visit to experience a different campus and area.

2.) Classier Cribs

“I'd like to have lived in nicer apartments that might have been more expensive but something that I would enjoy going home to everyday after class.” Your college apartment is your home away from home. Make it yours; even if you can’t afford the nicest one on campus, grab a couple of friends and go in on one together. Places like Target and Wal-Mart have really cheap home décor items to liven things up and make it super cozy.

3.) Be Bilingual

“I would have liked to have stayed with Mandarin Chinese for more than one year. I think it would be really impressive if I could speak Chinese fluently with clients now.” Languages are essential nowadays, especially for work and they will allow you to go even further with your career. They also look great on resumes!

4.) Make every second count

“I would have liked to manage my time better. Four years seems like a long time but it flies by.” Whether it’s putting more time aside to study or more time to spend with friends or significant others, being more organized allows you to manage your time to make sure you can do everything you want. Use a planner or an electronic calendar to stick with plans.

5.) Don’t be a drama queen

“I should have never have gotten tied up in unnecessary drama.” Life is too short to get caught up in drama and to be friends with people who are bad for you. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you, not the worst.

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