Becoming a Fifth Year Senior. Something you didn't anticipate happening when you first started out as a freshmen that comes with a whirlwind of emotions that you still don't quite know how to deal with it. Although I have one more semester until I officially reach super senior status, I am definitely familiar with the mixed feelings that come with it.
1. All My Friends Are Leaving Me.
You reach the realization that your best friend is graduating in May. Of course you're happy for her, in fact you couldn't be more proud of all that she has accomplished in the four years you shared together, but you can't help but be a little sad. Your parent in crime, your other half, your sister from another mister is LEAVING. While it comes as a bit of a blow to your heart, you must accept the fact that it's not a goodbye just see you later (Yes I'm talking about you Natalie). Prepare for lots and lots of drunk crying when April rolls around.
2. The Guilt.
You begin to wonder if there is something wrong with you. Why couldn't I just get a degree in four years like my friends? I am ever gonna graduate? And of course, the big one "this is gonna cost so much extra money." Everyone becomes a fifth year for various reasons but the main ones include: you changed your major, have to retake some classes or your major program usually takes five years to complete. Whatever the case may be, completing college in five years is more common nowadays than you think, so don't feel that you are inadequate in any way for taking a little extra time. Think of how much more money you will make with a college degree? I'd say that's worth the extra time wouldn't you? Take that mom and dad! You have your entire life to work, don't sweat it.
3. Can I still party like I used to?
While it is a bit frowned upon to get "freshmen year wasted" as a senior much less a super senior, you can still go out and have fun without ending your night in the toilet. Remember you aren't an alcoholic till AFTER you graduate so you can still squeeze a little fun in between studying and staying on top of your school work.
4. Will I be the oldest person in my classes?
Something I've learned from being in college is that classes can be full of people from all walks of life. A class I'm in at the moment ranges from 18 to a 40 something year old women. You're never too old to stop learning so don't overanalyze it. If any underclassmen gives you crap for being 22/23 just remind them you will remember that the next time they ask you to go a liquor run. I'll just enjoy this legal beverage by myself thank you very much.
5. Will My Relationships Last?
Whether you are referring to your significant other or friends, that is something you really have to take upon yourself and consider if you want to make the effort to maintain the relationship. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to text them everyday but the occasional check-in to see how they are doing. You must also think in regards to if they are making good life choices toward their future.
Let's be serious, everyone has a friend that gets a little too drunk, like embarrassingly, annoyingly drunk all too often. They are the kind of person that is probably not gonna be a priority if they continues down the path of ratchetness. If you are that friend consider changing your ways, it wasn't cute then and it sure as HELL isn't now. People grow apart sometimes and that's okay. Just don't lose sight of who you are. Eyes on the prize baby.
6. I'm STILL in College?!
Hell yes you are. Own that! Whenever you're feeling down remember that your graduated friends are most likely waking up at six in the morning crying over a cup of coffee wishing that they didn't have to "adult" today. You on the other hand my friend have a bit more time before you have to worry about all that. So suck it up and get your ass out of bed to go to your nine am. You're almost at the finish line just got to push forward a little farther.
One last thing... don't be so eager to "grow up." Yes we all have to do it at some point in time and your time will come before you know it. Just remember what alumni always say when they come back for Homecoming Weekend, "This is the best time of your life." They are absolutely right! Live it up while you still can.