Avoiding Junior Jadedness
Start writing a post

On the whole, I'd like to characterize myself as consistently hopeful and motivated, especially when it comes to my education. I am fortunate enough to attend a competitive university using generous financial aid, which I earned through my own merit. I continuously learn more about my-- dare I say it -- passions. I have a solid network of friends, mentors, peers, and long distance family relationships. I'm now involved in the activities I always envisioned myself doing when I applied for colleges with bated breath. Why, then, have I found myself so jaded?

I'm coining the term 'junior jadedness' because I have felt both myself and others losing optimism as we transition from underclassmen to upperclassmen. When it comes to our university's shortcomings, we pretty much know the name of the game-- the scandals, the politics, and the overarching areas of improvement. Even in our daily lives, we find ourselves going through the motions rather than fully appreciating the opportunities for growth at every corner.

Although we all experience our fair share of stress, exhaustion, and disappointments, it's time that we reminded ourselves of the bright eyed freshmen we were not too long ago. Of course, it's fantastic to have grown as people and, thus, to have raised our standards for our college experience. However, we can only perpetuate our respective inner fires by expressing gratitude for what we've done since embarking on our college journey. Just think of how floored our past selves would be by our personal, academic, and creative accomplishments!

To avoid junior jadedness (or any sense of jadedness, really) is to silence the mundane, self deprecating voices in our heads. Given the immense talent, capability, and potential of the upperclassmen here, I think we should all hold each other accountable for this-- we may be halfway done, but we certainly don't have it all figured out.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Alexis Hoffman

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked Instagram How 2020 Was, And Maybe It Wasn't The Worst Year Ever

2020 is a year to remember but it's not as bad as we made it out to be.

31

It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. I decided to ask my Instagram followers how they felt about 2020 and the results were a little more mixed up than expected.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lum3n

Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. How many of these useful items do you keep in your own bag? We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again.

Keep Reading... Show less
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/13/harry-styles-fine-line-review-columbia

I personally love using song lyrics as my Instagram captions, especially from songs that I love or that mean a lot to me, and I happen to love Harry Styles and all of his songs! So I made a list of lyrics from each of his songs that you could use in your next Instagram caption.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone's been here. And, truthfully, it sucks. But in order to move on and get past something you need to allow yourself to feel it for what it is--all of the heartbreak and pain--and then you can start to take steps move on.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

11 Christmas Movies You'll Remember If You Were A 2000s Kid

Because I'm still reminiscing about simpler times.

28644

The Christmas season is coming to an end, but it's not too late to get some last-minute movies in! Unfortunately, this year didn't look like a typical Christmas. While we can't have any big Christmas parties or family gatherings, we can still celebrate at home! Christmas is the best time for nostalgia, and we could all use some warm and fuzzy feelings as we wrap up a tough year and enter a new one that hasn't been proven any calmer, either.

As a kid who grew up in the 2000s, I can think of some of my favorite staple Christmas movies. If you're looking for recommendations or just a walk down memory lane, check out the list below.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments