12 First-Day Jitters College Seniors Have Knowing They're Living Out All Their 'Lasts'

12 First-Day Jitters College Seniors Have Knowing They're Living Out All Their 'Lasts'

Because are we ever really ready for the real world?

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As I walked to and from my classes throughout my first week back at school, the idea of my lasts kept crossing my mind. However, when I began to think about it more and more, I realized all of that will be left behind as we venture into the new chapter of our lives.

Cherish it all. Cherish every friendship, every little thing about the campus you are on, and most of all, make the best of memories.

That terrible dining hall food? You're gonna miss it.

Those old dorms? You're gonna miss it.

The organizations you're involved in? You're gonna miss it.

As sad as it sounds, the lasts are happening fast. The memories are becoming real.

But hey, congratulations! YOU DID IT!

1. Realizing you want to have fun, but actually you have to grow up.

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No more late nights, no more Taco Bell runs at 2 a.m. Sad.

2. Living out your lasts will be something you'll never come to terms with.

You don't realize it in the moment, but you look back and it all becomes a memory.

You're confused because you'll have a degree but still no idea what to do with your life.

So like you have a Spanish degree, but you ended up in marketing??

4. You have to start job searching.

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Teach me how to adult, plz.

5. You're going to be leaving your home soon.

Sorry, mom. This place has become such a happy place.

6. You're in that awkward stage with friendships.

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Some of them have graduated already and have big kid jobs, yet others are going to be the ones saying goodbye to you soon.

7. You tear up at all of the stress, but at the same time, you're grateful for it because it only goes up from here.

Real jobs come with real stress, am I right??

8. The anxious feeling of becoming a true adult.

The word "responsibility" scares you.

9. Going out doesn't sound appealing to you anymore.

You want to go out, but you're the grandma that loves going to bed early. So you end up in bed.

10. The food situation is stuck in the middle.

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You're almost able to afford steak dinners, but for now, Taco Bell will do.

11. You'll never live this close to your best friends again.

After graduation, somehow everyone ends up in different places.

12. Your school spirit is everlasting.

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You will carry your colors and your experience with you forever. Alumni status is almost here. Go get 'em.

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Why Are We In School Again?

This time of the semester makes you question soooo many things... like is it all worth it?

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If you are like me, then you have pulled out your hair multiple times in the past two weeks or so, have stared at your laptop screen multiple times throughout the night with saliva dripping out of your mouth, and coffee just can't seem to make you do that one assignment that is so forsakenly stupid so you're seriously adding up numbers to determine how bad a big ol' goose egg would effect your grade.

Maybe it's because this is my next to last semester? Maybe it's because it's Spring and I just wanna go swim, or take my family to the zoo, or go mow, or go play sports, or go Turkey Hunting (this weekend!), or anything else besides this dredge.

With all that being said and complained, sometimes I need to retell myself why I'm doing something. Nothing is better than a good pep-talk for yourself. We tear ourselves down enough, might as well build ourselves up sometimes right?

I was talking with my FIL that other day about college, and how I feel that our generation has made college a MANDATORY goal or step in life. He owns several of his own businesses and is quite successful, all without a college degree. We both agreed that it depends on the individual and their personal goals. College has it's pros, but it can definitely have its cons. Truth be told, it's not the be all and end all that everyone has made it out to be. Not by a long shot, because some of the best teachers aren't in college. Things like experience, failure, success, etc.

I know, this seems like quite the pep talk already. I'm already struggling with college, but now I'm making it seem more unnecessary? Well, not exactly.

See, for me, college was mandatory. I wanted to be a teacher, and I wanted to learn more about the Bible and working as a Pastor. Sure, experience has taught and will teach me so much more. But, I'm so thankful I've busted my butt for this simple foundation to build off of.

I am loathing school right now. But I can see the end of the tunnel. And I now that I am here right now because I'm building the slab for the building that will be built on top of it. Not exactly flowers and rainbows, but it's something. And it's personal to me.

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