I only did the things that truly made me happy.

It's OK To Be Selfish Your Last Semester of College

I started to no longer really care about doing the things that everyone else wanted me to do, and only doing the things that truly made me happy.

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For months I told myself that I was so ready to graduate. The thought of being able to go out into the real world and do absolutely anything that I wanted was something that has always excited me. I told myself that I was so ready for what was to come and that I was "so over" this current chapter of my life.

My very last semester hit and my entire mindframe completely flipped. The thought of leaving the place that I referred to as "home" for the past four years started to terrify me. Realizing that I would be soon separated from the many friends that have became the very closet people to me was absolutely devastating. I suddenly no longer wanted to pack up my things and move onto bigger and better things. Exactly where I was at seemed like more than enough.

As my last semester began, I found myself doing many "lasts". My last first day of classes. My last Saint Patrick's Day on campus. My very last Formal, and so on. I watched myself and my outlook on my last few months completely transform.

I started to no longer really care about doing the things that everyone else wanted me to do, and only doing the things that truly made me happy. I was suddenly on a strict schedule to do absolutely anything and everything that made me happy in the little amount of time that I had left to enjoy it. It no longer made any sense to me to waste a single second of my time left in college doing something that I didn't fully and truly wanted. Every single second seemed so precious and it was my goal to make sure that each and everyone was completely enjoyed.

Time to myself was something of the past. I spent a majority of my time surrounded around the people who I have grown to love and have gained a special place in my heart. Everything that my college town had to offer, I wanted to do it all. And if I already did it, I had to do it again, one last time. My last semester suddenly became the most fun and enjoyable time of my college career and I finally seemed to be so happy enjoying every last second of it. The thought of "why didn't I start this sooner?" was something I said to myself almost daily.

I have learned that it is OK to be just a little selfish your last semester as a college senior. It is important to put yourself and the things that you want first in order to fully embrace the last few months of your time in a place that you will most likely never get to experience ever again. You're allowed to take the time to spend every single second with the friends that you will soon live hundreds of miles apart from. It is OK to dedicate a certain time in your life to yourself and embrace every single second of it.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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