February is coming to a close which means March will soon begin and we will be under two months until graduation. The day we all dream about. The day where you get to celebrate making it through what was probably the hardest academically of your life. We are less than 70 days away from putting on that scratchy graduation gown, the cap that no one can pull off, and walking across that stage in front of all your friends, family, and peers.
All the finals, projects, speeches, homework assignments will all be behind you. The time stretches out before you now taunting you. How can 2 months seem like that far away. But I promise you it will pass sooner than you think.
Soon enough you will be going on your last spring break trip. You'll practice your last presentation. You'll study for your last final. And you'll turn in your last paper. You will go to your last 8 a.m. class. You will go out with your friends for the last time on Greek Row or sing karaoke at your favorite bar. You will pack up your apartment. You will start to look at job listings. And you'll start to realize how fast it all went by.
Senior year is both the slowest and fastest year of your life. You're so ready to be done with school. You can practically taste it. The freedom of never turning in another homework assignment. Never having to try and do a group project basically alone because let's face it you always do. Never writing another paper on a book you barely read or having a discussion on an article you kind of skimmed before falling asleep.
But you also don't want to leave. You may never want to do another assignment again but by the end you'll want to relive all those nights out with your friends again. You will want one more home football game or one more homecoming parade or one more date night with your college sweetheart at a local restaurant.
Senior year is the definition of bittersweet. You've been ready to be done with school but you're not quite sure if you're quite ready to be out in the real world yet. You are ready to see what life without 12 o'clock deadlines look like but you're not ready to say goodbye to your beloved friends and college campus.
Either way, don't take these next two months for granted. When you get stressed out about all your assignments, the finals you think you can't pass, the papers you don't think you can write, remind yourself that you can do it all one last time. You've made it this far, you can see the finish line. You can do anything one last time. So don't stress, take it one day at a time and put the last bit of effort in and you'll get what you've worked so hard for for the last four years. But also remind yourself that it is the last time for some things. Enjoy the good times with your friends, remind yourself that they won't be right down the road forever. Go to the baseball game, stay out an hour later, and laugh while you reminisce about all your crazy times.
Graduation is coming seniors, dont worry. May will be here before you know it and the real world will come with it. So work hard the next two months, take advantage of it, and have fun. Enjoy it all. You've made it this far, you can do it!