Hug a senior

Being a senior is an extremely weird and semi overwhelming time. On one hand, you’re really excited to be graduating and getting out into the real world, but also at the same time completely terrified to not be a student anymore. It’s an extremely complex flooding of emotions starting senior year knowing that this would be the last “first day” of your undergraduate career.

At the start of my senior year, I looked back at all the people that helped get me there. You’ll find that many of the influential people in your college career are dear friends and graduating right along side you, others may also find that some of their support systems hadn’t made it their own senior years. You may be sad to leave these friends behind, but you’ll realize that college is a journey unique to everyone and for some it’s longer than others, but whether they walk across that stage with you or not doesn't mean they weren't important for you in the past four years.

Another heavy emotion felt in senior year is fear of change. We’ve been students all our lives and somehow we're supposed to know how to adult. To be completely honest, I am not sure what I'm going to do with myself after college. I have done the math, and when I’m out in the real world, I am gonna have way too much time on my hands. Even factoring in a future work schedule, you're still left with all this time where you used to spend doing school work such as writing papers, studying, procrastinating your studying, and all that other time you spend on school will no longer be fulfilled. What do adults do with themselves all day? Perhaps this is why all adults gets hobbies because they simply have too much time on their hands not studying.

Graduation is right around the corner and serious amount of dread is coming along with it. I don't think anyone can be completely prepared for their post schooling years not entirely. You may have a great job lined up and a great adult apartment to move into after graduation, but that doesn't mean you're any more ready to start building up your 401k. So, if you have a friend that's a senior or see one on campus, give them a hug and tell them it’ll be all right, 'cause they probably need it right now.

Taylor Burgess
Senior, nursing

Published: Oct 17, 2017 4:07pm