No regrets, no point in crying over yesterday

Reaching middle age must be an endless string of minor defeats and dead-eyed regrets. They look back to their lives at uni with nostalgia and sadness, numbly recounting their highs and lows.

This is our future, embrace it.

Janine, 31, Southampton

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“My biggest regret was probably starting my degree in Nottingham. I hated it so dropped out and started again in Southampton. I have no regrets from Southampton though.”

Debbie (left), 54, Manchester & Cambridge

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“I only graduated five years ago and I absolutely loved my time at uni as it was something I didn’t get to do when I was younger. I have no regrets whatsoever.”

Adam, 29, UEA

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“I had a really good time at uni, but my biggest regret is probably not going to enough lectures because I got a 2:1 without really trying.”

Rachel, 25, Manchester 

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“My biggest regret is probably choosing the wrong course. I should’ve thought through my choices more and options after university, because I did Embroidery and I don’t sew at all anymore. I do visual merchandising so I can still be creative but it’s a shame really.”

Rob, 20, Cardiff 

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“I have no regrets at all. I love uni.”

Sarah, 34, Germany

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“I chose the complete wrong thing to study as I did Politics and I’m now a cultural journalist in Belgium. It all worked out alright though in the end.”

April, 21, Bournemouth

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“I could’ve put more effort into my assignments, I didn’t really try as hard as I could have.”

Melissa, 24, Manchester

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“I wish I had got more work experience while I was at uni, because I studied Psychology but wanted to do Occupational Therapy, so I had to do a year out and work in care first before I could go on to do what I really wanted.”

Ross, 27, Surrey 

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“I would have liked to have done a different course. I did Economics but would have done a more sports related course because I love sports. I was on the basketball and rugby teams but that was it.”

Patrick, 20, Kingston

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“I regret not being very sociable. Because I’m from round here, I just hung out with all of my mates I already knew, I didn’t really make any more friends from my course. I didn’t join any clubs or anything either.”