I'm Only A Junior And I'm Already Stressing About Graduation
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I'm Only A Junior And I'm Already Stressing About Graduation

Growing up is good, scary, exciting and overwhelming all at the same time.

I'm Only A Junior And I'm Already Stressing About Graduation
Carly Miller

The reality of having to jump into the real world and figure out what it means to adult is pretty scary, right? Whether you're a senior or junior or overly-anxious sophomore, the prospect of life after graduation has likely crossed your mind. What do I want my career to look like? Where do I see myself living? Um, what the heck am I even doing? If these questions don't cross your mind, then good for you. If you're anything like me, though, you think about these types of things. I know that right now, I am nowhere near ready to leave my amazing school… and I'm only a junior.

I can't imagine how my senior friends are feeling right now. They are an entire year closer to the major milestone I am not mentally prepared for graduation. There are a number of reasons why I'm not ready to graduate though.

I don't want to leave Purdue.

Firstly, I love my school oh-so-much. This year more than ever, I feel like I've gained a much stronger appreciation for good ole Purdue University. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved Purdue. Heck, it's the only school I even applied to. But after being here for a little over two years, my gratitude has only grown. That in itself is one of the major reasons why I don't want to leave.

I'm also just decently unsure of what I see myself doing for the rest of my life. Anyone else with me? It is so hard to know. I came into Purdue thinking I had my whole life planned out to the T. But, things (majors) change and nothing ever goes as planned. Part of me loves the excitement of not knowing where I will end up, but I definitely think I need more time to narrow things down at least a little bit more. I'm studying Mass Communications now, and there are only about a million different careers that that encompasses, so it shouldn't be that difficult, right?

I want to move on, but I really like being in college.

To contradict everything I've said thus far, there is a little part of me that enjoys the idea of moving on, starting my career, starting a life and a family and all of that jazz. I definitely think there are more amazing stages in my life that I haven't come to yet, but this whole college stage is pretty freaking cool, to say the least.

I don't think anybody is ever fully prepared for major change, just as I don't think I will ever be fully prepared to walk my last steps as a Purdue student. Thank goodness I am a junior and still have a little more time to enjoy the fortunate place I find myself in. To those of you who are a senior, I hope you're living up your last year as much as possible at whatever school you go to because four years as a college student sure seem to fly by.

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