We’ve gone from terrified little freshman to adult senior college students in the span of four years. Throughout that time, I’ve noticed some things begin to happen and now, I’ve got down pat.
I believe it has to do with experience, so, here are some things that happen when you're a senior in college.
1. You know all the shortcuts to get to class.
Have to get all the way across campus in less than ten minutes. Not a problem, we’ve got this.
2. You know the best way to building hop during the rain or snow.
In fact, we’ve got it down as an art form, I know exactly the right buildings to cut through in order to get to the psychology building.
3. You are never home.
I’ll leave my apartment around 9:00 a.m. and not come back until around 8:00 p.m. Ultimately, we are paying for a place only to sleep.
4. Multitasking is an art we have mastered.
If we don’t multitask, then nothing is going to get done.
5. You find yourself wishing you were ambidextrous.
I thank God I was born ambidextrous, just this week I was taking notes with my right hand and using chopsticks to eat with my left hand. Being able to use both hands means you can do more things at once.
6. Sleep is for the weak.
Is what we say to ourselves when we are up at 3:00 a.m. working on a paper.
7. Coffee is the liquid of life.
Is what we say all day after we were up until 3:00 a.m. working on a paper.
8. You know you won’t actually need your textbooks.
There are a few exceptions, but a majority are just a waste of money.
9. You’ve got your study techniques down.
Me, I learn better either with music or putting the information in essay form. It may seem weird but after much trial and error, I learned that it’s what works best for me.
10. You’ve also got your paper writing system down.
If you have a system that is. I still know people who do everything at the last minute; research and all.
11. You’re a master at time management.
After having three exams and two papers all due within the same week while also working a job, it’s no wonder we learned this.
12. Sweatshirts and legging are worn every day.
My goal is to just get out of bed and to class, looking cute is not my priority.
13. Your giant group of friends from freshman year has shrunk.
I think there are maybe two of us that still hang out and I still see one other? Everyone else just slowly disappeared.
14. Everyone knows you and you have no idea who they are.
Three times this week I had a full conversation with three different people who knew me by name, I still have no idea who any of them are.
15. You are constantly trying to beef up your resume.
I’ve done two research projects in the last year and switched jobs to one more related to my field to gain experience.
16. You are making all of your final plans.
Grad school, a second undergraduate program, or joining the workforce; it’s time to make all of your decisions.