Seniors, This Is Officially The Year For You To THRIVE, It's Now Or Never

Seniors, This Is Officially The Year For You To THRIVE, It's Now Or Never

It's our last time that we are truly allowed to be crazy, stupid kids.

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College. The best four (or more) years of your life. Filled with football games, tailgates, nights you will (or will not) remember, Quad sitting, classes and late night Cookout. You will gain the freshman 15 and then spend the rest of your three years at the gym, getting into shape because you only get a free gym membership for four years. It's the time to grow and find yourself and make those lifelong friends who will be your bridesmaids or groomsmen and who you will still keep in touch with when you're well into your 40s and 50s. You get to live with your best friends who are inevitably your second best support system, right after your family.

It's also a time of learning from your mistakes whether that be a romantic or sexual partner, a class that you thought you could handle but ultimately failed, or changing your major three times, the list goes on. But before you know it, it's your senior year and once you walk across that stage in the spring, you're officially an adult and out in the ~real world~.

So if you're a senior, make this year the year you THRIVE. The other night, one of my roommate's and I were in absolute shambles. After we were done crying, I officially declared that this is the year to peak and not to cry over people or things that we will ultimately get over in time. It's our last rodeo and we should go out with a bang! So we did what every girl does when they want to start fresh: we made a bucket list. Specifically, a senior bucket list. Our official list of things we must do before we get our diplomas. This includes but is not limited to: Quad bricks, tunnels, not getting suspended and graduating on time. Wish us luck.

Personally, I'm already feeling nostalgic for this year. It's our last year of "firsts." Our last first day of classes, our last first thirsty Thursday, our last first dance concert of the year (I'm a dance major so these things are important)... and then there are going to be our last "lasts." This is where the tears are really going to flow. Our last time going through a rush week, our last time going to class, our last time going to a thirsty Thursday and it being socially acceptable to drink on a weekday, our last time with a free gym membership, our last year using those student discounts, our last FROG/Sylly week... It's our last time that we are truly allowed to be crazy, stupid kids before we enter the workforce.

So go ahead. Run an extra mile at the gym, go out on a Thursday, tell that someone that you like them, attend every football game, and really soak in everything your university has to offer because this is the last chance before you're officially done and considered alumni. Make this year YOUR year.

Let's go, class of 2019! Once more for the mems!

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Why You Should And Shouldn't Pursue A Science Degree

From personal experience, here are some actual reasons, in my opinion, why a science degree is a really bad, yet really good idea.

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Since I was in maybe 6th or 7th grade, I've always dreamed of being a doctor. Don't ask me why, but for some reason, I just up and decided I wanted to pursue one of the hardest possible careers that exist. Anatomy, science, and math have always been interests of mine, but not necessarily strong-suits. These areas, for me, always take extra work and studying to excel on exams and homework versus English and history. Regardless, I ignored this. Why? I am dumb. I didn't pay attention to what my personal strengths are, but rather what my interests alone were. I guess what I am trying to say here is, through personal experience, I've learned that it's important to pay attention to what your personal talents and interests are and to find a good middle ground. This can apply to any degree, not just a science degree.

Interest in science has increased over time. As technology and medicine have advanced, people have recognized that there is a need for more people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field. There are more jobs available for people who pursue STEM degrees, and those jobs generally offer more money. According to Business Insider, non-STEM majors earn an average of $15,500 less per year starting salary than STEM majors. This is enticing to many but can be misleading. Science degrees are very difficult to earn, which is why they offer such high-earning salaries and give so many job opportunities after college.

If you are actually good at math and science and know the first 100 numbers of pi off the top of your head, by all means, feel free to become a neurosurgeon or aerospace engineer, but I had to learn my lesson the hard way. Just know that nobody's opinion matters but your own and this is your life. The decisions you make during these four years will affect your career for the rest of your life. Don't pursue a degree just because it will make you a lot of money. Pursue a career because you are good at it and you actually enjoy it.

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