What I Learned and What I Would Do Differently

Through my academic and professional career and life experiences, I have made several mistakes and learned from them. Through college and my career, I changed my major three times and then changed my profession drastically as well. Through my journey, I have been blessed and worked hard to be where I am today. I was able to obtain my dream job, find my life partner, and enjoy great moments of happiness along the way.

I learned from my experiences and want to teach you what I learned, so you can have a head start.

1.  Picking Classes:

When I was in college, Rate My Professor website had just become popular. I picked my classes based on how easy it was, if I could get a good grade in it, and if it was convenient for my schedule. Then in my master’s program, I learned how wrong I was and that I should’ve picked my classes based on what I wanted to learn. I learned that instead of just finding easy professors, I should’ve searched for professors who were the most challenging and inspiring ones.

During college, I can’t believe I skipped out on so many opportunities to learn from some of UCLA’s top professors because  I was searching for the easy ones. Now, I go above, beyond, and out of my way to learn from some of these world renowned teachers who were so easily accessible to me in college.

2. Learning in College:

In college, I went to classes and did what I needed to do, so I can get a good grade. I never realized until after I was working, how many great conferences, school clubs, and events I had access to, but never took advantage of it.

Taking part in extracurricular activities give real life experiences, which enhance what we are learning and are applicable even after college. We also make some great friends who share similar interests and often stick with us even after college.

3. Selecting Experiences:

While in college, I took part in internships only to build my resume or to satisfy a requirement for a class. If I were to go back, I would volunteer, intern and work in places that I cared for and was passionate about, not only because I wanted to build my resume or fulfill a class requirement, but because I actually enjoyed it and wanted to gauge my interest in it.

Experiences we actually care for often help us not only build our resumes, but also help us figure out what we enjoy doing and what we are good at.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I learned a lot more and there is much more lessons, tips, and pointers that I cover intensely in my blogs and Success That Matters presentation.