As I enter my last year of college, I have been thinking a lot about all the things I want to do before I graduate. When you start college it seems like you have all the time in the world. Then one day you wake up and realize that you only have two semesters left, and you think to yourself “where did the time go?”

Sure you can call me cliché if you want; I’m fully aware of the cliché nature of this article. Just because something is cliché doesn’t make it any less true. That feeling of nostalgia comes around any time a chapter of your life is ending. You start to think about all of the things you’ve done and the things you wanted to do. I want to make my last two semesters of college the best semesters of college. I want to do all of the things I have always told myself I have always wanted to do but have yet to.

When I went to college I was so excited to explore a new city. Coming from the suburbs where everything is a chain unless you want to drive 40 minutes downtown, I was very excited to explore all the new restaurants, parks, entertainment options, etc. Yet here I am, a year away from graduation and I’ve barely made a dent into all the exciting things my city has to offer.

Of course I want to finish college strong academically, but I also want to spend more time enjoying my social life. I’m never going to have this much free time again in my life, so I might as well put it to good use. I don’t want to spend my last year totally stressed out with schoolwork and forget to have fun, something that I tend to do a lot.

Along with not totally stressing myself out, I also want to make a more conscious effort to step outside of my comfort zone. So many nights I have convinced myself it is okay to stay in because I’m exhausted from school and/or work. Instead of justifying my staying in, I’d rather force myself to go out (and I don’t mean partying, I literally mean going out). While spending a night in watching Netflix and relaxing is much needed sometimes, it’s just as necessary to go out and do something new.

There are so many things that I want to accomplish, but really these are the most important. Making the best out of the time I have left is the most important thing to me. Whether you’re the type of person that can’t wait for graduation or the type of person that never wants to leave college, you might as well make the best of your time because you can’t change it.