10 Thoughts Everyone Has During Grad Party Season

10 Thoughts Everyone Has During Grad Party Season

Saturdays are for the grads.
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I know the saying goes "Saturdays are for the boys," but once you graduate high school the saying then becomes "Saturdays are for the grads," and we can't forget that Sundays are also for the grads. From stuffing your face to watching the competition build in bags, grad party season is a fun way to celebrate those four long years in high school that you spent with your classmates turned friends.

1. Should I have another piece of cake even though it's only the first party of the day?

The cake is so good! It gets even worse when they have cupcakes because let's face it, one more won't hurt right? And what if the next party doesn't have good cake? (We all know it will be good, quit lying to yourself.)

2. How on earth do I have this many friends?

Suddenly, every weekend until the middle of July has at least five grad parties every Saturday and three more every Sunday. How on earth did you gain so many friends through high school?

4.Why are roast beef/pulled pork sandwiches so good?

When going to a grad party, you automatically assume it is going to be sandwich time. The addiction to these sandwiches is real, and grad season is here to fulfill your cravings. From Arby's roast beef to homemade pulled pork with horseradish and BBQ sauce on the side, you are left feeling really full, really quick.

5.OMG, is that a taco bar?

Every once in awhile, you will get an occasional taco bar. Like at my graduation party, the taco lover in me insisted on a taco bar. It is a great break up from the sandwiches but is very addicting. Grad party season turns Taco Tuesday into Taco Saturday.

6. If I eat salads all week, does that even out the six pieces of cake and seven sodas I've had today?

Party number four of weekend one and you can already feel the pounds. You feel inconsiderate not eating their food, but your body is being inconsiderate by turning those sandwiches and cupcakes straight into tummy fat. What's the workout plan? How do I get that summer bod while eating at every grad party every weekend?

7. Now, which cooler is the water cooler?

You don't want to go around looking through the five coolers scattered around their garage. And, I don't know about other states, but here in Wisconsin, five out of the six coolers are filled with beer, which is not water (although some Wisconsinites like to think it is). Some grad parties are kind enough to label each cooler. But if they don't, you are on a manhunt for some water, because one more soda will make you keel over from heat exhaustion.


8. I really want to go to the beach, but I have seven graduation parties to attend.

You love your friends, you really do, but when do I get my Saturdays back? Sitting at grad party after grad party as the heat begins to get to you, you can only think of how much better your day would be if you were floating away on the boat down the river.

9. Do you think anyone is there yet?

The most awkward game ever. You are constantly snapping and texting your friends trying to figure out when exactly to arrive and which order the crew is going to go to each party that day. By week three, you've basically got it down to a science, or you'd like to think you do.

10. Why do I suck so bad at yard games?

Ladder golf, cornhole (AKA bags), Can Jam, Yard Jenga, etc. The games are endless at parties, which are super fun and entertaining. But as the rivalries build, your friends start to understand how bad you suck at bags. Guess I should've practiced at home?

Cover Image Credit: Tami Brost

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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I Am Terrified Of My Future And That's OK

I'm sure most people are but so many of us are good at putting on that face and acting like we have our lives together.

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For a long time, I have been struggling with what my future is going to be. For most of my childhood I was always flighty in what I wanted to be and therefore I never spent much time thinking about where I would end up when I grew older.

Now I am a junior at Illinois State University as a Journalism major and quite frankly that scares me. I don't know where I am going to end up. So many of my professors love to tell us how miserable the job is. That you're doing more work than your being paid for and that there are not a lot of opportunities for journalism.

Literally thinking about my future terrifies me. It actually makes my anxiety act up and often times I start to snap at whoever brought up the conversation. I avoid the subject anytime it comes up or just brush it off with a, yeah I totally have a plan. When in reality everything about leaving college makes me want to curl in a ball on my bed under the blankets and never come out.

Slowly I have been getting better as I find a schedule but the unknown is what freaks me out. The reality is I can't control what happens to me all the time. I may get my dream job or I may end up working at the bottom of the corporate ladder for the entirety of my life.

I'm sure most people are but so many of us are good at putting on that face and acting like we have our lives together. The truth is probably everyone is scared to some degree but most of us know we have to act like we have everything together because that's what adults do.

So what I really want to say is that it's OK. You do not have to have your entire life planned out. You do not need this five year or even a one-year plan to be successful. All you really need is your end goal and then taking one step at a time to reach it.

Right now the one thing I need to do is graduate. I don't have to know where I'm working after college, heck I still have another year and a half before I even leave Illinois State. Learning that my future scares me and it's OK that it does is the only thing that I need to do.

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