College is Wasted on the Young

I wish I knew then, what I know now.  I would’ve taken advantage of the classes so much more. I’d have taken every opportunity to do extra curricular activities in my area of study.  I’d love it.
— Erica Manfre
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Has anyone ever asked you the age old question, "If you could go back in time and do something over, what would it be?" The truth is, there isn't a lot I would go back and do again. I'd do the typical: take more time for those that left us too soon, make a different dating choice here or there, but the one thing I'd really love to do again, is go back to college. 

I was one of those annoying kids in grade school that LOVED it.  I loved the challenge of learning something new.  If I didn't get it, I would keep at it until I did and felt this immense sense of accomplishment.

Then high school came and it was even better! You could take honors and AP classes to make it even more challenging!  How cool is that!?  Yes, I'm hearing myself. 

By the time I went away to college, I was burnt out.  I knew I needed a degree, but I wasn't into it.  The classes lost their luster.  They weren't challenging.  I don't know what happened. What I do know is I got my degree in Ag. Business with a minor in Wine and Viticulture and am thankful for that I did.

What I wouldn't give to be able to go back through some of those courses.  I've looked into different masters programs, but do you know how much they cost!?  Besides, I'd have to work my full time job, go through a masters program, all while raising a kid, and paying a mortgage...you get it.  

I wish I knew then, what I know now.  I would've taken advantage of the classes so much more. I'd have taken every opportunity to do extra curricular activities in my area of study.  I'd love it.

I'll definitely be one of those annoying older people that tells kids to enjoy college and not to rush to get into the "real world."  If they're anything like I was, they won't listen, but it won't stop me from trying.