To The Soon To Be College Graduate, You Don't Have To Have It All Figured Out Right Now

To The Soon To Be College Graduate, You Don't Have To Have It All Figured Out Right Now

Take a deep breath.

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School in general, but especially college, can be one of the most stressful times of your life. Even more specifically second-semester senior year. It's supposed to be so exciting, and everyone and their grandmother is asking you if you're excited about graduation and where you're headed after to pursue a career. Those conversations are really only fun if you have the answers to them, though. If you don't, this is the time to realize that it is completely fine to not have every moment of your life after college planned out already.

It can be easy to struggle throughout your last semester stressing out over getting the perfect grades to get that degree, while also trying to land a job right out of school that you may end up staying at until the day you retire. You know what? That is absolutely terrifying. Many people, including myself, have somehow ingrained this weird impression in our heads that if you don't have something impressive to say about what you're doing the moment after you finish walking across the stage somehow you aren't accomplished.

Newsflash: you are.

It's okay to take a gap year to travel. It's okay to work as a waitress while you job hunt for that perfect career you want. It's okay to not go to grad school even if it seems like that's what everyone else around you is doing.

As cliché as it sounds, everything really does work out the way it's supposed to. It may not be exactly the way you had originally planned it out, but that doesn't mean it's going to be bad. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and let the world work itself out.

So, next time someone asks what your plans are and you realize you may not have any, remember to breathe, smile, and tell them happily that you really just don't know, but that's okay.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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The Last Month Before Graduation Told By 'Friends'

"Friends" can be painfully but wonderfully accurate.

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We are in the last month of class before graduation and I have decided to start watching "Friends" again. It's just that time of year where the moments are good, the weather is perfect, and I am so stressed that I just need to see other people miserable to mask my own life. "Friends" is so incredibly but perfectly relatable.

1. There is no time for the gym! The only time I might could go would be if I substituted sleep for workouts. So either way, I lose. 

2. The look you have when see you only have four weeks left to salvage what is left of your grades. 

3. My friends and I when we see the pool opens.

4. When I see a cute boy I know I won't ever see again after four weeks.

5. When you mentally try to lose weight but this is how you show up on the first day the pool opens.

6. Me dreaming of my future career.

7. When the anxiety of graduation takes over your mind and body..it just sort of happens..

8. The question we all ask our professors when he gives us that barely passing grade knowing GOOD AND WELL we have been making passive aggressive comments about barely making it to graduation! 

9. When you get that approved graduation application email with all of the commencement info! 

10. Me and my friends waiting to be given our MRS degree.

11. Submitting those finals knowing you did your best but still wasn't good enough. 

12. Ole Miss Seniors graduation weekend in the Phi Mu fountain 

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