11 Signs It's The End Of Your First Year Of College, As Told By 'The Office'

11 Signs It's The End Of Your First Year Of College, As Told By 'The Office'

You're feeling all the feelings.
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The end of the first year of college is the end of an era. It's where you found yourself and lost your mind a couple of times. It's like "The Office." It's full of emotions and it makes you feel things like nothing else.

1. You aren't sleeping as much these days

It's hard to even feel like a functioning member of society on five hours of sleep a night. But when you have a thousand papers due, want to enjoy a social life in your last few weeks, and prepare for finals, you catch minimal Zs.

2. You hate your life more than usual

With everything going on and basically not enough hours in the day to get it all done, you hate your life. You may have thought you hated your life back at the beginning, but this time it's the actual worst.

3. Something's due every single day

A paper, an exam, another paper, a group project, and a quiz due in the same week? They must be out of their minds. You definitely feel like your professors teamed up to ruin your life and it may be the hardest thing you've ever experienced.

4. You have next to no patience

You wake up in the morning, or the afternoon honestly, and roll your eyes at the thought of having to take on another day of classes or assignments or meetings or whatever else is going on.

5. You're kind of dying

The dying part is a little extreme, but as for the not wanting to do anything? All true.

6. You feel a deep need to savor every moment with friends

For three months, everyone will be spreading out and going their separate ways. If you don't literally attach yourself to them you will regret it later and really miss them.

7. You're in complete denial

No matter how tired and drained you are, it's hard to imagine, but progress was made. And it's hard to believe you just finished a year of being on your own and got closer to whatever career you're after.

8. You aren't even pretending to have it together anymore

In the beginning, you might have actually been holding it together, but somewhere down the line you probably lost your footing but seemed pretty okay. Now is another story and there's no use even pretending everything is fine because it's not fine for anyone.

9. The only thing making things bearable is ice cream (and other sweets)

This might just be me, but I can't get through without a pint of Ben and Jerry's in the freezer. It's so comforting and Michael Scott knows what he's talking about.

10. No amount of phone calls home will be enough to get you through the rest of the school year

You call your mom every day just so she can reassure you everything is fine. It's a ritual now. And when someone else picks up the phone she should just call you back ASAP as possible.

11. You've never felt more accomplished

Once you turn in your last final, you will have done it. Eight months of college, adulthood, shenanigans, and all-nighters will be behind you. You will become a year closer to your goals. Give yourself a Jim and Pam high five!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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