10 Ex-Students Telling Things They Most Regret About College Education Time

3 years ago



They say that education provides students with countless opportunities. Still, any student would tell you that books and classes are what they mostly see. In this post, the Typical Student team will share with you 10 stories of ex-students. What do they most regret about their time in education?



“40k worth of debt. Doing a degree in the first place. Should have done an apprenticeship.

Adam: Dropping a foreign language class, only now I realize how useful it would have been to be fluent in another language.”


“Not researching alternative options to university after my A-levels – apprenticeships weren’t presented as a viable option in my school, but had I had more information I could have saved myself a lot of time, money and stress! Going further back, I regret letting other people’s opinions influence my decisions when it came to which path to take and what to study – I was trying to keep teachers and parents happy, but after all, it’s you who lives with the consequences of those decisions, no one else, so you have to go with your gut!”



“Not studying abroad for a year.”


“Because I loved sports so much, I never really opened my eyes to other subjects. I wish I did business accountancy and finance, I just never realized sport had such a limited job market.”


“Being quite reserved. Feel like I could have made more of it if I put myself out there a bit more.”




“Being bullied. I shouldn’t have walked away and stopped it at the beginning.”


“My subject choice at uni, I did English but it’s kind of irrelevant for any position other than teaching, which I have no interest in doing.”


“Staying in college as long as I did, I spent a year and a half just turning up to college doing A levels & generally being unfulfilled before I dropped out and started my apprenticeship. To be honest, though, it seems to be more of a problem with the system, at no point was an apprenticeship shown as a viable option by career counselors or teachers.”



“I regret working so much, I focused more on getting money and then spending it on takeaways rather than focusing. I regret always leaving all my projects until the very last minute. The stress was unnecessary.  I regret not going out as much, I always stayed in and drank at home with my mates which stopped me from going out and meeting people. I regret getting into a long relationship before I started uni. I regret already solidifying my friendship group before going, as it stopped me from making any other friendships with anyone else. I regret not traveling as much as I could have. I regret maxing my student overdraft to £2000 as I now cannot get out of it and hate my life for it.”


“Not taking enough time to decide what I actually wanted to do. I never went to uni but I definitely wish I had chosen different college subjects.”


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