College 101: 5 Thoughts Every Senior Has Going Into Their Last Semester

It’s terrifying that I’m writing this post right now. Definitely got that deer in the headlights look going on.

Somehow, the past three and a half years are gone and the future is looming. My friends and I are facing the last semester of our undergraduate careers and there are a lot of thoughts going through my head. That being said, I wanted to write a post about what I imagine are the 5 thoughts every senior has going into their last semester of college.

ONE//This is really happening.

After all the late nights, the challenging assignments, unnecessary stress, and bureaucratic chaos, we made it. We are set to graduate, planning for a future that lies outside of the institution that has defined our lives for the past four years. It hits you, and it’s scary and exciting and crazy all at once. Graduation still feels like this phantom thing off in the distance (let’s be real, we’ve still got a semester yet) but we now know just how quickly it will creep up on us. Before we know it, it’ll be here, and we’ll be done. We’ve put in the time and effort and we are better because of it. So take a moment and recognize your accomplishments so far- they’ve been incredible.

TWO// Let’s make these last moments count.

This might come in the sense of YOLO or FOMO but by the final semester of college, all these ‘lasts’ start feeling real sentimental. Going out with friends while you have an 8am the next morning isn’t categorized as a mistake because you know that you won’t be able to do that for much longer. Saying ‘yes’ to things becomes all the more important. My advice is to keep your health and safety and classes in mind, but to grab every opportunity you can. Also, make sure  you document it all. Take pictures and write down memories and have a blast. College doesn’t last forever.

THREE// I don’t feel like an adult yet.

Well, when you’re eating crappy delivery pizza and frozen cookie dough that you know will never make it into cookies- it’s hard to feel like a grown up. College is a time for little to no responsibility. Other than school work and the occasional part time job, the real world seems like some distant universe you’ve only glanced at briefly. It’s hard to see how much you’ve changed, or see how much you’ve grown up in the four years college gives you, but you have. With time, you’ll grow accustomed to ‘adulting’ and things will get easier. But, for now, who says you need to grow up quite yet.

FOUR// I’m going to miss this.

This ones a big one for me. For the past four years, I’ve lived with the same girls. They started as my friends and slowly morphed into my family. I can’t imagine not living with them, not having their support and laughter and friendship around me 24/7. I can’t imagine not having the late night talks at our counter or the random car rides where we all just pile in to do one errand and end up blasting our favorite music and leaning out the windows. It’s hard to picture eating meals alone and not checking in before you go to the library or the gym. College is a strange time where you’re immersed in other people’s lives as much as you’re immersed in your own. You have the opportunity to make mistakes and make poor decisions and act in foolish ways. You can wear pajamas to the dining hall and forget to shower for a couple days and no one can say anything because, hey, we’ve all been there. There’s a freedom and community that exists. That is something you can’t find anywhere else, and it’s sad when you consider having to give that up.

FIVE// Now I have to figure out what to do next.

The main fear of the college senior: the future. Even if you feel prepared, even if you know what you want to do, for most people, this is the first time in their lives that they will be going off without a set, mandated routine or requirement. Too many options can be exciting, but also terrifying. It’s crazy to think that in your early twenties you’re suppose to have your life goals and dreams figured out. So I’ll let you in on a secret- it’s okay if you don’t. Take your time figuring out what you want. Just because college is ending doesn’t mean everything has to fall into place in an instant. Everyone is struggling, and everyone is feeling the same things you are. However, even if you don’t realize it, college has prepared you for this. The real world is full of opportunities, as long as you’re open to them. So stay conscious, and keep your eyes open. Good things are coming.

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