As millennials continue to navigate adulthood, many of them have regrets about their past decisions. Here are some of the biggest regrets that millennials have shared.
Letting Trauma Get in the Way
“Letting my trauma get in the way of being successful and instead of dealing with it, I drank away a full ride scholarship. I’m back in school after a 10 year hiatus and have a 4.0. Best piece of advice I have is therapy works and deal with the things you don’t want to.”
Not Taking Advantage of College Opportunities
“I wish I did more in college welcome opportunities, join clubs, activities, fun classes, anything. Lots of ways to just connect with people. It doesn’t have to go anywhere but just being around people in that capacity is nice. That’s the only time you’ll be around (generally) your age group with (generally) lower responsibilities – take advantage of it!”
Taking on Too Much Debt
“It’s gonna vary a lot depending on your own circumstances and what your plans are but taking on a lifetimes worth of debt for some degrees is some of the dumbest things I’ve seen people do. Also, join a lot of groups, explore more interests..”
Not Seeking Help for Mental Health
“I would have treated my depression sooner. I didn’t realize how much it held me back.”
Not Having Enough Fun
“I didn’t have enough fun or date enough people, and I turned down too many fun invites to parties or road trips or dates.”
Neglecting Retirement Savings
“Avoid consumer debt and invest in your retirement (401k and IRA) as early and as often as possible/realistic for you. Time is your biggest resource in this context.”
Not Being There for Friends and Family
“Not being there for my friends and family in a time of need. Didn’t visit a friend in hospital after he burned himself. Didn’t help my mom clean up after a break-in. I should’ve been there to emotionally support my people.”
Choosing the Wrong Major
“Majoring in something that was not going to land me any sort of lucrative career right away or possibly ever. I had to go back to school afterwards so I could obtain the life I really wanted to live. Both financially and career wise, I definitely set myself back about 5-10 years.”
Staying in Unhealthy Relationships
“Don’t put up with being treated poorly for the sake of being in a relationship.”
Not Embracing Individuality
“Dye your hair and get piercings and tattoos—it’s not going to ruin your future.”
Not Embracing Cultural Identity
“I wish I joined a sorority or made more friends with other fellow Asians. I wish I accepted my Asian roots instead of being ashamed by it. This might not matter much now a days, but being an Asian during the 90’s was not fun for me.”
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