An Open Letter To College Seniors
Start writing a post
Student Life

An Open Letter To College Seniors

College is not forever

An Open Letter To College Seniors

So you are starting your senior year.

You are either relieved to get out of what feels like a four-year prison, apprehensive because soon you will be “adulting” or excited for a new adventure - plus a variety of other thoughts and feelings.

For me, senior year was a combination of being filled with joy for familiar faces, fear for the future, and determination to engage with my final year of college and step into the next portion of my life.

So now it is your turn. Below are three things that I want you to remember as you enter your senior year of college.

Give Your Body and Mind Rest

So, this is the part in the article where I didn’t follow my own advice. Every event, every activity or friend gathering I went to. With the rest of my time I was at work, doing homework and projects, and fulfilling campus roles I held.

I didn’t sleep for two semesters. Yes, I made some great memories, but, I suffered greatly from sleep deprivation and lack of self-care. As a consequence, when I graduated my problems, insecurities, and fears that I had been pushing away surfaced. Post-graduation I am still sifting through them. There is great value in rest and reflection. With this, you will have the space to process and enjoy your current season in life, as you prepare for the next.

Pursue People

Above your academics, your success, and your wants – pursue people. Spend time with the individuals whom you have shared the heartaches, the stresses and joys of college. While you are spending time with them, make space for those younger than you as well. Spend time with one or two underclassman, at dinner, for a cup of coffee or campus event. Ask them questions, challenge them, but most importantly be vulnerable with them. As an underclassman did you have it all figured out? Not at all. The sweetest times during my senior year was sitting with a younger girlfriend of mine in her dorm room, crying and laughing together. Sharing the hard times, and your weaknesses people is a beautiful way to impact them. Leave college with relationships, not just a degree.

College Is Not Forever

Let me repeat that, college is not meant to be forever. College is an awesome time to grow in many areas before you actually have to become an adult. The community is instant, you understand the expectations for class and involvement on campus, there is food available (that is important) and more. Your life is mostly predictable and taken care of. However, when you receive your diploma, that all changes. After college you have the freedom to make choices for how your life will look. College is not meant to be forever. And that is OK.

Enjoy your senior year. I wish you the best as you learn and grow during this time!

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

A Beginner's Wine Appreciation Course

While I most certainly do not know everything, I feel like I know more than the average 21-year-old about vino, so I wrote this beginner's wine appreciate course to help YOU navigate the wine world and drink like a pro.

White wine being poured into a glass

Keep Reading...Show less
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments