The 5 Stages Of Grief Before Graduation
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The 5 Stages Of Grief Before Graduation

A warning to my fellow seniors.

The 5 Stages Of Grief Before Graduation

Ah, senior year. There's nothing like staying up late, sleeping in late and drinking on any given day of the week. However, I have some very important news for you graduating seniors: You will go through the five stages of grief before your graduation day. In order to help you understand this process you will soon be enduring, I have explained each stage for you.

1. Denial and isolation

In this first stage, you will visit all of your favorite freshman bars in an attempt to forget that you're a senior, in addition to sitting in your room alone on a Friday night while watching hours upon hours of puppy videos to make you happy. Maybe if you just don't think about graduation, it will never actually happen.

2. Anger

Next, you will refuse to go to class or do any of your assignments, and you'll even contemplate not showing up to your final exams. What's the point? Also, you begin to get irrationally mad when family members ask what your post-graduation plans are. Like, can you not? Why is this happening to me?

3. Bargaining

This is the stage where you will begin to have thoughts, such as, "If only I had focused more on my studies," or, "I wish I would've been more involved." You know you can't go back and change what you've done in these past four years, but you're simply unable to get these thoughts out of your mind.

4. Depression

Then, you will become pretty upset once you have finally come to terms with the fact that graduation is, indeed, happening, and it's just around the corner. You may even try giving some of your belongings to close friends who aren't yet graduating. Or, you may just eat several pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and sob while ironically watching your favorite comedy series on Netflix.

5. Acceptance

Eventually, you'll decorate your cap, put on your gown and walk across that stage with a smile. You now realize that your four years here have been great, and you've made lots of fun memories that will last a lifetime. Congratulations, class of 2016!

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