Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduation

Time flies so fast! I still can’t believe it’s almost 7 months since I graduated from the university. Now it feels like my whole college experience is so surreal. Like I know it happened but, to me, it seems that it’s starting to lose its concreteness. Memories seems to be fading and people, drifting away.

Since the semester’s about to end for those who are enrolled, I’d to like share some of the things I wish I knew before graduating.

Give it all you’ve got

Whether you’re in freshman year or you only have a semester left before graduation, no matter how much time you have left, give it all you’ve got. You may feel extra lazy when the requirements you’ve been putting aside the whole semester are starting to pile up and you’re chasing after deadlines (trust me, I’ve been there) but I want you to know that you just gotta do it and do it your best. Pull an all-nighter if you have to. Cancel out on your weekend plans. But never compromise on your studies.

It wasn’t until after graduation that I realized my regrets weren’t really of disappointments and failures. It was in knowing that I could have done better.

Plan it out

Life is full of spontaneity in itself, you don’t need more of that. Know what to do and know how.

This was the hardest lesson I had to learn. I had given up on planning at one point in my life because it gets frustrating when things don’t turn out the way I planned. However, few months after graduation, I realized that planning isn’t about being in control but, rather, having a mindset.

Having something to look forward to will help you stay motivated, even when times get tough, and focused, when distractions are everywhere. It’s not about expecting. It’s more like being hopeful for whatever lies ahead.

Make the most out of it

Days will come or, maybe, days have come when you’re tired of seeing and doing the same thing every single day but I tell you right now, it’s not gonna last. You won’t be in college forever. The faces you get to see everyday, the hallways you walk through, they’ll all become memories one day, and those places won’t be the same ever again. Maybe it sounds pleasant for you now but I’m pretty sure, at the end of the day, you’ll miss everything – the good and the bad altogether.

And if there’s something you still want to do before graduating, DO IT! ‘Coz you’ll most likely regret the things you didn’t do. Make memories, because that’s all you’ll be left with when everything is gone.

College isn’t everything

If you feel like you didn’t live those years of your life to the fullest, well, NEWSFLASH!!! You still got a whole lifetime to live.

I’m all for this last point. I honestly missed out a lot in college. I was an unarmored warrior when I entered the battlefield. But despite my regrets, I saw myself grow as a person through those years, and I think that’s what matters the most.

Our story plots don’t have the same point of climax with those of others. If this didn’t turn out to be the best years of your life, then, great news! You still have something to look forward to.

Just graduated? Don’t rush, you don’t have to figure it all out right away. Life is a learning process.

Still in college? Take my advice and hopefully you’ll regret less.

Ultimately, remember not to count your days but, rather, make your days count.



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