People Say That College is the Best Time of Your Life, but What About What Comes After?

People Say That College is the Best Time of Your Life, but What About What Comes After?

This is the beginning of the rest of your life.
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I just said the words out loud: I graduated high school almost two years ago. It feels like just yesterday that I was walked across that stage wondering where life would take me. I wondered about what my roommate would be like, what I would do, and who I would meet along the way. Once you actually get there, college whooshes right past you. Before you know it, you're in your second semester of sophomore year.

With college comes a whole new level of stress, but it doesn't go without purpose. College is, of course, meant to prepare you for the real world where you will have a job and even more responsibilities. But I can't help but be a little scared for the next stage of my life, especially when time won't slow down and everyone is talking about graduate school.

I know that your twenties are supposed to be the best time of your life, but shouldn't the best part of your life be a time where there's stability? I don't know about anyone else, but I'm looking forward to a time of my life where I don't have to worry about whether or not I'll make rent this month or be able to feed myself. Though I don't really have to worry about those things right now exactly, somehow I envision myself struggling to make ends meet in my twenties. I know it sounds lame and grandma-ish, but I look forward to the time in my life that I don't have to worry about much. I can't wait for things to slow down.

College holds so many uncertainties. I can't even count how many times I've been told that nowadays, having a college degree doesn't even guarantee you a job anymore. A word of advice to all you baby-boomers: this "advice" does nothing but worry us millennials (and makes going to college feel like a waste). I mean, really, what kind of message are you really trying to convey to us? That we may as well not even try?

Those that say that college was the best time of their lives need to dig deeper. I'm going to college so that once I graduate I will be more educated, qualified, and ready for whatever field I get a job in. Some people are able to do this without college. After college, you have whole life is ahead of you. Your life has really just begun. Isn't that the best time of your life? When you're still deciding what you want to do and you have a world of options?

Adaptability is key, I guess. We just need to roll with the punches. Now, if you're like me, rolling with the punches is definitely not your thing. We control freaks definitely struggle in our twenties. Not knowing what's going on at all times is unheard of for people like us. I guess that's just something we'll have to learn to adapt to as well. Though we probably won't change, we can definitely try.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

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