When the End Isn’t So Near
If you haven’t been living under a rock on campus, you’ve seen all the senior recruitment badges on all the senior’s bags. It’s kind of cool to see people you’ve never spoken to before and just look at their backpack or purse to find out their major and their degree program and their classification. Unfortunately, it sometimes makes you a little conscious of some things. I am a senior by credit (Yay!). I am also not graduating until 2020 (Not so “Yay!”). I’m happy for my friends that are graduating this year and next, but I’m also sad that I won’t be graduating with them. This entire semester so far, I’ve been asking myself “Why is the end so far away?” For those of you in my position, or just for the freshman who just feels overwhelmed, here are some things that I’ve learned to do when the end isn’t so near.
- Spend time with your friends. For me, I will be here long past the time my friends from my freshman and sophomore years have graduated. Instead of moping about because I won’t be graduating with them, I’ve decided to make the most out of my time with them now so we have good memories together.
- Make new friends. Okay, so I’m going to be here two years past the time my best friend graduates (yeah, I know that’s kind of a sad thought). Does that mean I have to spend two years of my life being an antisocial recluse who eats exclusively grab-n-go and never goes out of their building except for class and church? Nay nay. It’s good to make friends who will be around with you when you graduate. I have a few freshmen from this year that I’ve become friends with, and they are really cool people.
- Find your own passions. Many of us fall into the trap of doing only what our friends want to do, whether that is taking a specific class, going to a particular Christian service, trying a new skill, or even just deciding where to eat! It’s great to have a group, but take this time in your life to exercise some independence. When you’re not obligated to a friend group, you can be freer to experiment with your own interests.
Sometimes, it feels like the end isn’t close enough for us but much too near for our friends. Accept the changes, and make the most of your life. Live up your college experience!0