Ramblings of a Simple College Student

Ashlee’s response to The Regrets of the Young by Daniel Gulati

After reading this article, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own regrets.  “I wish I had …”  “If I could go back in time, I would have …”  ”What if …”  At the age of 19, a sophomore in the college, I could fill a book with all of my regrets.  Most of them are trivial things that don’t really matter but sometimes, when I get one of those spontaneous philosophical moments, I think about the ambiguities of the future and the many regrets it could possibly hold.  What if I don’t do well in college?  What if my GPA and LSAT isn’t high enough to get into a good law school?  What if I end up poor, living in a tiny apartment, scrounging and struggling every day just to pay the month’s rent?  I can picture the “What ifs” flying around my head like little gnats.  I suppose that’s what keeps me going: the constant fear of regret.  I don’t want to end up on the streets.  I want to make something of myself.  I want to be someone.  Ideally, in ten years, I’ll be traveling the world as a successful international corporate lawyer.  Perhaps I’ll have become a smooth talker like Harvey Spector, for all you Suits fans (if you didn’t know already, Suits is a legal drama produced by USA; I encourage you to watch it!).  Unfortunately, life always puts a damper on dreams.  Although I enjoy fantasizing about the perfect future and I hope that one day it’ll come true, I am extremely pragmatic.  My main focus at the moment is working hard because the only way to get anywhere in this world is to do just that.  At least, if I do this, I won’t regret not having tried my best in college.  I know it’s a bit cliche but it’s the truth.  Work hard to ensure a better, brighter future.  For now, that’s all we can do.

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