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Senioritis: My Five Biggest Regrets (That I’m Willing To Write About)

As my final semester in Happy Valley hurtles to a close (slowww downnnn!), I can’t help but look back on the past four wonderful years and wonder what I could have done differently. While I try to preach and practice a “no regrets” mentality, I can’t say I wouldn’t change a few things if given the chance.

With that in mind, here are five things I wish I would have done during my time at Penn State. Not because I think you give a damn, but because I hope you underclassmen can learn from my mistakes!

1. Study abroad

Having seen the pictures and heard the stories from my many friends who did decide to study abroad, I’ll admit that I’m jealous. I know I couldn’t have left Happy Valley for a whole semester, but I wish I’d gone to Italy for a few weeks in the summer to experience a different culture and gain a different perspective.

2. Getting involved with THON right away

While I served as a THON Chair for two years and danced in THON 2012 for Nittany Nation, I wish I had become more heavily involved with THON during my first two years at Penn State. During that time, most of my friends served on a THON committee or joined an independent organization, something I wish I’d done at the time as well.

3. Kept better track of my degree audit

Thankfully, I will graduate on time and with a decent GPA, but I wish I’d paid a little more attention to what classes I took and when I took them. For example, just one class prevented me from declaring my major an entire semester earlier, which would have opened up a variety of scheduling options for me later on. Instead of taking five 400 level courses during my last semester, I could be taking those easy Gen Eds from spring of my sophomore year.

4. Taken the bus to NYC for the NIT

Only my fellow seniors will understand this one, but I missed out on one of Penn State basketball’s finest weeks in recent memory. Part of this decision came from my belief that the NIT means nothing but the Not Invited Tournament, but in retrospect I wish I’d experienced such a raucous atmosphere surrounding Penn State basketball. Here’s hoping that Coach Chambers has a some NCAA tournament appearances on the horizon for me to make up for it with!

5. Further researched the companies I interviewed with

Penn State provides us with an endless amount of career resources, many of which I’ve taken advantage of the past two years during my internship and job searches. However, I had to learn the hard way that just because Penn State deems a company worthy of hosting, that does not mean the company fits me as a candidate. I recommend to those out there going through this process currently to do so before you invest time into interviewing with a company.

That’s it for me. Seniors, what are your biggest regrets from your time at Penn State? Well, the ones you’re willing to post online, that is!

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John Tecce

John is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Paternoville Coordination Committee and as a THON Chair for Nittany Nation. He tweets a lot.

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