It's funny how one can always look back on their life and say "what if I did x differently". Graduation week has brought some mixed emotions lately. If not for one small decision four years ago, I'd be standing on some stage somewhere receiving my diploma right now. Summer 1998 - I had just graduated high school, and was signed up for going to the University of WA and living in the dorms. At the last minute, my girlfriend and I decided we would move in together. It was a tough decision that drastically changed both our lives. For the first year and a half, I went to school full time while working 35 hours/week to get by (she worked full time, and had no plans of going to college). We eventually saved up enough to buy our own house, and soon after that I was offered my first non-retail job (IT contractor for a fortune 500 company). About this time I stopped going to school full-time, and started taking night classes. My wife also began taking night classes, as she had started an entry-level position in marketing and wanted to move up. Oh, and we also found time to in there somewhere to get married. Today we both still have permanent jobs in the industries we want to pursue, and we're still going to college part-time. It sometimes feels as if we’ve gone as far as we can on ambition and good looks, and the lack of a diploma is holding us back. At the current rate, we both have about 2 years until we finish our BAs. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I had gone to stay in the dorms. The way I try to look at it, is we took advantage of times were jobs were easy to find with little formal education. With the economy the way it is now, it seems that we are better off than our classmates who are graduating this month, but have no work experience. It has been pretty tough for people fresh out of college to find work lately. Do I think I made the right decision back then? Well, there is no right or wrong decision. I do wonder what would have happened, but I don’t have any regrets. I think it’s good to look back at things one has done in the past, just to reflect. I think the important thing is that I wouldn’t change anything if I could. Any similar experiences, or comments?