Junior year of college. The big one where people fall victim to the mid college crisis. Sure, we've all heard about a mid life or even a quarter life crisis, but what about a mid college crisis? I know that I'm definitely going through this right now, and it sucks. It really does. I come home from class and see people in relationships, getting jobs, and figuring life out, when on Saturday I seriously contemplated eating ice cream for dinner because I had nothing else in my fridge (this sadly is a very true story). Junior year of college is different: sure your freshman and sophomore year you were planning for the future, but when you start your junior year of college, the thought of life after college comes closer and closer, and you have to start planning for what that reality is going to be. I tried to take my life seriously over the summer, interning and taking classes, and I thought I did; but coming back here has kinda made me realize that I don't have much time left in college. And while that's a good thing because it's forcing myself to become more social, and do things I otherwise would've been too timid or shy to do, it's also gotten me very worried about my future.
To everyone going through this life contemplation, just know that you are smart, kind, and that there is a plan for you after college. No matter what faith you practice, or if you do or don't believe in destiny, there is a plan for everyone, and things always work out. Sure you'll have times where you really don't think things will work out, but trust me they do.
I think the main thing that seems to be helping me is taking time for myself and relaxing. This doesn't have to be drastic; 15 minutes is more than enough. Find something that you can do every day that is relaxing and therapeutic for you. For me, this is just taking 10-15 minutes every morning to listen to my favorite music and put on a little makeup while drinking my morning cup of coffee (I know this makes me sound super old but I promise I'm not that old or mature). I really can't explain what kind of effect this has on me, but I can say that the days that the days I don't do this, I am usually less confident and crankier (I'm sure my friends can attest to this).
If I'm really stressed out studying at the library or something, I'll just take a 20 minute break and watch one episode of my favorite shows on Netflix. It might seem counterproductive and as a waste of time, but the brain needs to relax too. Getting to relax and rest myself for 20 minutes is the biggest energy boost, and I feel more productive afterward.
To all of you juniors out there (or anyone else going through life contemplation/worrying) just know that everything works out. All that is required of you is to do your best and work hard. God speed y'all.