A Letter To Anyone Who Is A Senior In College
Politics and Activism

A Letter To Anyone Who Is A Senior In College

It's okay to still feel uncertain.

A Letter To Anyone Who Is A Senior In College
Sam Goresh Photography

Three or more years ago many of us stepped foot into a new place without knowing a single person who surrounded us. We made a lot of friends, and we probably even made a few forever friends, as in friends who will last a lifetime. We made memories that will make us laugh for many years to come and we’ve shared in experiences that have taught us more and more about who we are, and how we fit into this world.

But still for some of us, when the question arises: “So what are your plans after college?” We completely shut down. One pleasant family dinner conversation turns into your worst nightmare and suddenly feels like a game of "20 Questions." “Do you think you’ll stay in the area, or are you willing to travel?” My personal favorite as a senior music major is: “What kinds of jobs can you apply for when you’re out?” When I hear these kinds of questions I panic because the truth is I still don’t know.

I come from a family that believes in the structure. You graduate high school, and you go directly to college. Then when you graduate, you get out and work. Maybe your family was like that too. Personally for me as a teen, I was okay with that. My family never had to push me to go to college. I liked learning, and I wanted to go.

Even still there were so many uncertainties that scared me. I was worried about choosing the right school, the right major, and in the long term the right career. In general, I was worried about choosing the right path. I wanted to choose the path that in the end made me feel like I was the competent, successful adult that everyone wanted me to be (including myself).

I always thought college was the answer to everything. I thought that college would make the switch go on that said, “I know what I’m supposed to do with my life.” And as I went through college, I waited to feel that certainty. I waited, and I waited, and I waited, and still, with my senior year quickly approaching, I can say that I am still living mostly with uncertainty.

There will always be people who know exactly what they want to do. There will always be people who seem like they have it all figured out. That’s great. But it’s easy to fall into the habit of comparing yourself to somebody who seems to have it all figured out if you don’t. If your not one of those people who knows what they want to do, even as a senior in college, know that there is nothing wrong with you. Even you, who is filled with knowledge up to their fingertips doesn't have to have it all figured out. If you are anything like me, you have spent hours and hours trying to plan for the future and every time all it makes you feel is scared. If you are a senior and you are uncertain, It does not make you any less smart, nor does it make you any less of a person.

While I learned so much academically in college, the experiences that I am most grateful for are the ones that have taught me who I am. And who am I? I am a constantly changing, imperfect human being who works at her own rate, and I am trying my best to figure my life out as it comes.

I can honestly say that at this time next year, I have no clue where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing. But I am learning to be okay with uncertainty.

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

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Watch 'Arrested Development' On Netflix

"Her?" Yes, she's an amazing show! (You'll get this joke after you watch the show).


"Arrested Development" is an award-winning sitcom that aired for three seasons on Fox beginning in 2003, and then was picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, and then again for a final season in 2018.

However, it seems to remain one of the world's most underrated and under-appreciated shows of all time. Although this article alone won't be enough to skyrocket the show to Netflix's top 10, I hope that it will open people's eyes to the value and quality of the show.

Keep Reading... Show less

Anyone who goes to Panera Bread will tell you that their mac and cheese is to die for. If you're a huge fan of their mac and cheese, you won't believe the new recipe they're coming out with!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.


From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments