Hey guys! Welcome back. I know many of you have gone back to school and a few of you have reached out letting me know this is your last year and asking if I had any advice. So I thought today I would let you in on a few things that I wish I had done differently my last year of college. Of course I know everything happens for a reason and that I turned out just fine, but there are some things that I wish I would have done differently because I spent a lot of wasted time worrying and thinking about things that didn’t matter in the end. In case you are new here I will share a little bit of a background. I graduated from college with my Bachelor’s Degree in December of last year. I used to do a lot of college related posts, but now that I am out and doing other things that has fallen to the wayside. But I am back today to share with you some things I wish I would have done differently in hopes that it helps you. So here are a few things I wish I had done differently in that final year of college.
Stopped being so afraid.
I’m not going to lie. I was definitely afraid of graduating because I wasn’t completely sure of what the future help for me. I didn’t know if I wanted to go to grad school, and if I did I didn’t know what I would be going for. For the better part of that year I wasn’t sure where I was going to be living after college. There were so many unanswered questions and I spent so much time worrying and being afraid of what might happen that I didn’t sit down and make clear decisions on what I wanted to happen. So if I could go back I would definitely spend less time being afraid, and more time doing the things that were scaring me.
Regardless of whether you know what you want to do or not, it’s really important to network. That is something that I definitely did not do enough of in that final year. I did make several connections throughout my time in college, but I wish I had made some outside of the campus as well. Being on the outside I know how important it is to know different people because that comes in handy when you are looking for a job, applying to other schools, or just advancing your future in any way. It’s something I would definitely go back and do more of because it can only help in the future.
Seek financial assistance.
I really wish one of the things I would have done in that final year was talk to a financial advisor. I don’t really have anyone in my life who could talk about that with me without talking to me like I’m dumb, so I kind of just avoided it altogether. But I really wish I would have talked to someone. I’m doing fine now and it’s never too late, but I believe it’s something that only could have helped me and I would probably be in a better position now. I think it’s also helpful with planning out my future and figuring out exactly what I need to be doing. So if I could go back I would definitely go talk to a financial advisor.
Do what makes me happy.
I spent a lot more time than I care to admit that last year listening to other people. I let other people take away my dreams. I let other people talk me out of doing things that I really wanted to do. And I really wish that I had just done what made me happy. It’s no surprise that I did this, but I would definitely go back and change it. I think I would probably be a bit happier right now and certain things might not have happened. I don’t really regret anything because I have learned and grown so much in the past year, but for the sake of making things easier for me, I really wish I had just listened to my gut and my heart.
Shown myself grace.
That last year was a really hectic one and I definitely spent a lot of time beating myself up over it. I thought I had to have all the answers and have everything figured out. But the truth is, it’s really rare for someone graduating college to have everything figured out. So I can’t say I wish I could go back and have it all figured out. I actually with I had shown myself a little more grace and mercy to dream a little bit. I wish I would have taken some time to just think about what I want my life to look like in the future and what I need to do to get there. I think that would have definitely helped moving forward.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments what you would do differently or if you are still in college what you hope to do. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time! Also be sure to go follow on Instagram and go listen to the podcast. We are over halfway to our first Instagram giveaway and I am so excited for all that is coming!
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