An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.
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To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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10 Questions I Have For The "Busy" People Who Don't Have A Job In College

How can your parents keep funneling you money, no questions asked?
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College is a rough time for most people. It's fast, stressful, and most of the time you're not really sure what's going on. While college gets the best of all of us, there is a select group of people that seem to complain the most about school, AND THEY DON'T HAVE JOBS.

Here are 10 questions I have for people who don't have a job in college.

1. How are you so "busy?"

ALL YOU DO IS GO TO CLASS.

2. How do you keep going out and going shopping?

How do you have money? Does it fall from the sky only for you?

3. How can you pretend money isn't an issue?

If you don't have a job, how are you paying for your loans and books and food and rent? Oh, your parents pay your bills? Must be nice.

4. How can your parents keep funneling you money, no questions asked?

How do they not ask where all of your money is going? You bought Uggs last week and now you're buying a $70 eye shadow pallet you'll only use twice. Is your dad Donald Trump??

5. How do you expect to be employed after graduation?

You don't have any work experience AT ALL.

6. What do you do with your free time?

Do you skydive? Take up dog photography? Your possibilities are endless.

7. Do you actually get eight hours of sleep every night?

Really though, is that real?

8. Why don't you have a job?

Don't you get bored, just "doing homework" all the time?

9. Do you plan on getting a job?

Or do you plan on draining your parents' savings completely?

10. Are you actually going to be a functioning member of society after college or are you banking on marrying rich?

It's an honest question, I'm dying to know.

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7 Spooky Things That You Had To Endure This Halloween

Halloween is over but the spook is not.

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Halloween marks the first major holiday of the fall and it never fails to get everyone excited. Everyone prepares for spooky season in a different way. Some dedicate all of their time to costumes, others to decorations, and some to baking. The part we forget, however, is the true spookiness we only realize after the season is over. We love to trick or treat but sometimes making it to Halloween is the hardest part. Here are a few things you probably survived this Halloween:

Pulling together a costume last minute

With classes and work there is no way you put a lot of thought into your costume. The party you're supposed to go to is in 2 hours and you have no costume. All of your friends have fun and creative costumes and you are struggling to decide between a grocery store costume and a failed DIY. That's as spooky as it gets

Deciding what candy to buy with your last $5

Let's admit it, you're broke. You want to get spooky with everyone else and decorate your home with candy (for you). The problem is, you can't decide whether to spend your last $5 on a bag of assorted candy or 1/5 of a tank of gas.

Celebrating Halloween WAY too early 

We can all get excited for the spookiest season of the year. Maybe you and your friends decided to jump the gun and celebrate a week in advance. The trouble is, now you are all out out Halloween energy and it is October 31st.

Experiencing anxiety about not yet being able to listen to Christmas music

Everyone knows that listening to Christmas music before Halloween is strictly prohibited. Listening to Christmas music during the purgatory period of Halloween-Thanksgiving is generally accepted. It is almost overwhelming how hard it can be not to listen to All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Getting rude comments on your costume

As women, you can get seriously criticized for your costume. Either it's to revealing or not revealing enough. For men, they can often be called too unoriginal for their costumes. How about we just appreciate the effort and move along?

Finding someone with the same costume 

So maybe your costume finally came together. You are wearing something semi-original and you see someone in the exact same thing. You will absolutely have to avoid this person for fear of getting mistaken for being part of a group costume.

Not having pockets to hold your house key

The greatest struggle is getting completely ready and realizing that there are no pockets for your keys. You can't possibly modify your costume in any way but it isn't a safe time of year to leave your door unlocked. The eternal struggle (of the night) has begun.

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