7 things I wish I’d known before starting college

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  • I was born and raised in Egypt and moved to the US for college
  • I went to a liberal arts college
  • I graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science

1. No one’s got it all figured out

2. Read. Read. Read MORE.

If I have one regret in life, it would be not starting to read earlier and read more.

Make it a habit. Never break it.

3. Your undergrad is not the place to specialize

Take as many different classes as possible, explore your interests, and get a more well-rounded education

4. Choose professors, not classes

So how can one choose the right professor?

5. Professors are one of your best resources

Professors don’t bite! Go seek them out!

6. Location DOES matter!

  1. Is it likely that this college will accept me?
  2. If they do, are they going to meet my full financial need?

Although it will take more effort, it surely is not impossible.

7. Your mental health is more important than anything else. Yes, even classes.

If you don’t nourish your body, mind, and spirit, they won’t be able to give back




Product Manager @Pluralsight • Former UX Research Intern @Udemy

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Product Manager @Pluralsight • Former UX Research Intern @Udemy

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