Senior Year Was Not What I Expected
Start writing a post

Senior Year Was Not What I Expected

I guess I can thank the Coronavirus for that.

Senior Year Was Not What I Expected

Senior year is a big deal. Whether you're a first-generation student, a transfer student, whatever your situation may be, senior year is a year of accomplishment and so much to celebrate.

There are so many lasts to experience...last class, last finals, last crown hopping, last night out with your friends, etc.

There are so many memories to make..graduation, senior week, last toast, etc.

This year everything was cut short.

About midway through the second semester of senior year, many colleges shut down, face-to-face, and as a result, college students were uprooted from their normal lives and moved back home to finish the remainder of the year online.

No senior week.

No graduation, on time at least.

No closure to the college experience many of us have held so dearly over the last four years.

It's taken a while for my thoughts to come together in regards to how I feel about the experience as a whole.

For me personally, high school was not a good time for me and college was like a saving grace kind of moment. I grew into the person I was meant to be and learned how to be the best version of myself. I learned how to be a successful adult in my career field. I learned how to build professional relationships.

I do have some advice to share with incoming college students I'd like to share.

1. Learn sooner rather than later to think for you, not everyone else. 

It's so hard to conform your choices and decisions to please other people, even though it may also make you happy. But it's very important to learn and recognize that these years are about you. Friendships and relationships are great to build in college, and I don't want to discourage that, but it's important to put yourself first.

Be yourself, don't conform to the version others want to see in you.

2. Put your academics first, your social life will adjust. 

Trust me, the social appeal of college is huge and one that many enjoy. But it's important to remember that staying on top of your school work and taking the time necessary to complete it will benefit you in the long run. There will always be ample social opportunities, but academics are more time sensitive.

3. Nothing has to be permanent. 

You don't have to be friends with the same people forever.

You don't have to remain in a major you don't want to work in.

You don't have to join organizations or greek life if you don't want to. And if you do join, you don't have to stay if it is making you unhappy.

You don't have to stay at your original school if you are unhappy there.

College is an unforgettable experience and one that honest and truly made me a better person. I'm sad and disappointed that it ended the way it did, and I'm sure if I didn't have a bonus year for graduate school those emotions would be even more heightened. But either way, class of 2020, you did it - here's to you!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments