It's Okay To Be Scared Of Life After College
Start writing a post
Student Life

It's Okay To Be Scared Of Life After College

Everything will end up the way it's supposed to.

It's Okay To Be Scared Of Life After College
Huffington Post

As many of us know, senior year of college and your early twenties is a very fun and exciting time. It comes with graduating college and getting your first real job. For some of us, these years mean getting your own place, and becoming financially stable, maybe falling in love? But for many, not all of those things happen, if any. Senior year of college is filled with anxiety and fear of the future. It's full of the unknown.

I’d be lying if I said I had any clue what my future holds. I have no idea what I’m doing. Shocking. But really, I freak out about my future every single day the same way our parents freaked out when they dropped us off at preschool for the first time. Instead, this time, I’m just scared of disappointing them, time has dropped me off to a place called my future, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing here. I wish someone could just tell me, point their fingers and say to me “This is your plan, this is how you’ll get there, and this is how the rest of your life is going to happen.” Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Unfortunately, our lives will never be that easy. We can’t all be the Kardashians and have our lives spoon-fed to us. But just because our lives won’t be that easy doesn’t mean we should be scared of what we don’t know.

By senior year of college, you have an idea of who think you are. Here I am. I’m involved in clubs. I have my friends. I know my campus/college town like the back of my hand. In four months, though, everything I know so well is going to change. Every sense of myself that I spent the past four years establishing is going to be in a whole new territory: the real world.

Personally, I refuse to believe that college is the best four years of our lives. If I remember correctly, they said the same thing about high school. Anyway, that’s just depressing. There has to be more to life than red solo cups, gross house parties, and shitty guys. Don’t get me wrong, I love college, and the friends I’ve made along the way but if it was supposed to be the best four years of my life, then maybe I set my expectations too high. I have dreams way bigger than I can even comprehend myself. I’ve managed to figure out the whole college thing, but now it’s time to figure out this “real world” thing.

I’m sure I can think of a million reasons to be scared of the future. In fact, I can’t give you any real reasons not to be scared of our future but I can assure you this. The fear of growing up is something you eventually just have to face. Remember how terrifying middle school and high school were supposed to be. Think about how happy you are to have changed from your middle school self. Like when I wore so much eyeliner you could barely see my eyes, or colored skinny jeans and band tees. I’ve moved on from my misunderstood skate park rat-MySpace days, thankfully. And I'll move on from these days.

Things are going to happen in our lives that are way out of our control whether we’re prepared or not. We just have to go with wherever life takes us, we can’t press pause on our lives, or fast forward or rewind. There is no point blank answer as to why we shouldn’t be scared for life after graduation. There is no point blank answer for where I plan to go after school is over. I do know, that I am going to go somewhere because I refuse to let myself have anything other than a positive outlook on my future.

I promise there is life beyond beer pong and sweaty house parties. It may be scary, but it will be thrilling. It will be unpredictable. One day, when you’re successful in your career, laying in bed while listening to your partner read your baby girl a bedtime story, you’ll look back and realize things went exactly the way they were supposed to. And even then, there's going to be so much life to live, so much room for change and so much future to fear.

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

No Sex And Upstate New York

A modern-day reincarnation of Carrie Bradshaw's classic column


Around the age of 12, when I was deciding whether or not to be gay, Satan appeared on my left shoulder. “Ramsssey,” he said with that telltale lisp. “Come over to our side. We have crazy partiessss.” He made a strong case, bouncing up and down on my shoulder with six-pack abs and form-fitting Calvin Kleins. An angel popped up on the other shoulder and was going to warn me about something, but Satan interrupted- “Shut up, you crusty-ass bitch!’ The angel was pretty crusty. She disappeared, and from that moment forward I was gay.

Keep Reading... Show less

To The Classes That Follow

I want you to want to make the most of the years that are prior to Senior year

To The Classes That Follow
Senior Year Is Here And I Am So Not Ready For It

I was you not that long ago. I was once an eager freshman, a searching sophomore, and a know-it-all junior. Now? Now I am a risk taker. Not the type that gets you in trouble with your parents, but the type that changes your future. Senior year is exciting. A lot of awesome things come along with being the top-dog of the school, but you, right now, are building the foundation for the next 4 years that you will spend in high school. I know you've heard it all. "Get involved", "You'll regret not going to prom", "You're going to miss this". As redundant as these seem, they're true. Although I am just at the beginning of my senior year, I am realizing how many lasts I am encountering.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Power Of Prayer Saved My Best Friend's Life

At the end of the day, there is something out there bigger than all of us, and to me, that is the power of prayer.

Julie Derrer

Imagine this:

Keep Reading... Show less

Why Driving Drives Me Crazy

the highways are home


With Halloween quickly approaching, I have been talking to coworkers about what scares us. There are always the obvious things like clowns, spiders, heights, etc. But me? There are a number things I don't like: trusting strangers, being yelled at, being in life or death situations, parallel parking. All of these are included when you get behind the wheel of a car.

Keep Reading... Show less
Baseball Spring Training Is A Blast In Arizona
Patricia Vicente

Nothing gets me more pumped up than the nice weather and the sights and sounds of the baseball season quickly approaching.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments