(November 2017) There are many things I wish I’d done different in college. The personal and professional decisions I made during that time, both good and bad, played a role in where I am today. I recently read an article in the New York Times by Susan Shapiro, in which she talks about the college advice she wishes she’d taken. She shares stories from her personal life and professional life as a professor at Columbia University.
As a student at the University of Michigan, Shapiro says she hated tests and barely maintained a B average. She didn’t see the value in studying for classes until later in her academic career. She tells a story about her niece who was recently invited on a trip to Argentina based on her 3.7 GPA.
“I was retroactively envious to learn that a 3.5 GPA or higher at many schools qualifies you for free trips, scholarships, grants, awards, private parties and top internships,” she writes. “Students certainly don’t need to strive obsessively for perfection, but I should have prioritized grades ...”
Shapiro has a few more points that I won’t detail here, but I encourage you to read the full article.
Her point, as I see it, is that students should take advantage of the opportunities afforded them. Four years in college (assuming you graduate on-time) is not long. Before you know it, you’ve graduated and have started your career. What you do now as a student will determine how far you can go after graduation.
So, heed this advice now, and hopefully one day, many years down the road, you’ll look back at your time here at UIW without regrets. Finish the semester strong, Cardinals!