It has been almost two years since I graduated College, and since graduating there are so many things I realize I should have done, that I didn’t do.
Apply for at least 1 scholarship every month (aim for two or more if you can). Many people stop applying for scholarships once they are in school, however there are still plenty of scholarships to be had. I really wish I had been more vigilante and continued applying to scholarships regularly during my college career. If I had, I might not have had to pull out so many student loans.
Internship- I looked into internships while I was in college, but never actually applied. Now that I’ve graduated and seen the job market I really wish that I had done one.
Get a job- working will help to build your job experience, making it easier to get a job when you graduate.
Travel abroad- You will have little opportunity to travel after graduation, take the opportunity now to see the world, as much of it as you possibly can.
Volunteer- this is a great way to try new things, and give you ideas for career options. It also gives you experience you can add to your resume when you start your after graduation job start.
Read for fun- I don’t think this one needs explaining, but in case your wondering “why would anyone want to read more than what is already required for college?” The more you read the more you learn.
Start a business (freelance write, computer programming, etsy) By starting your own business, you put extra money in your pocket, and put an extra item on your resume.
While High School was all about preparing for college, college is all about preparing for the work force. I wish I had done so much more in college as preparation for my eventual career, no matter what route my career might take me. In the end I choose to build my own business, there’s so much I could have done to prepare myself for this endeavor, there is also a lot more I could have done to prepare for an actual job in the work force. You can always say I wish, what if, etc. I hope my list of shoulda, woulda, coulda helps you to achieve the end goal of college.