The Mind Of A Soon-To-Be College Graduate

The Mind Of A Soon-To-Be College Graduate

It's a doozy.
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Before now, I’ve never felt so much excitement, anxiety, nervousness, and fear at once. Before you’re a senior, it’s all just a distant path to a distant world. You’ll go to school, do the the best you can in your classes, and then get a job upon graduation. It’s that easy—until you’re actually about to graduate.

A plethora of thoughts and questions bombard your mind: did I pick the right major? Did I do well enough in my classes? Do I stand out? Do I have enough experience? Do I want to take this route or do I want to take that route? Will I actually find a job? Will I actually find a job that I like? And the one that weighs the heaviest: what if I don’t?

I think it’s safe to say that none of us have the magic answer. We continue to cringe at every Facebook status that notifies us of others’ job offers. We keep having random mini panic attacks thinking about the future. And we can’t help wondering “what if”, amidst uncertainty of the path we chose many years ago and our anxiety for what lies ahead.

After many moments and most days spent worrying, I’ve decided to stop worrying and to start trusting. As a soon-to-be college graduate, I should be excited about my accomplishments as well as all that lies before me: a whole wide world full of endless opportunity. I should also be confident in the decisions I made for my future. Because that was me staring into the distant, distant future with smiling eyes, picturing all that I could do once I got to where I am today. And that person doesn’t deserve to be let down.

Some may already have their dream job lined up; others may begin to work their way to the top. He may take a year off to figure out what’s next; she might realize exactly what she wants and jump for it. We could get our answers today, tomorrow, in a couple months, or in a year. Nothing is set in stone, except the fact that we made it this far and have the potential to be great. So don’t get caught up on timeliness and perfection. Realize that the best things in life are worth the wait. And when the time comes to make a decision, go with your gut. Do what’s best for you and remember that person with the smiling, dreaming eyes. Be great.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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9 Thoughts You Have During Your Final Week Of Senior Year

Thoughts everyone has during their final week of high school.

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The final week of your senior year is a bittersweet time. Filled with fun, memories, and lots of 'lasts,' your final week of senior year is definitely one to remember. Here are some thoughts that everyone has during their final week of their senior year of high school.

1. “I’m free!!!”

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Ah, yes, the initial feeling of freedom and bliss as you realize that you are done with high school FOREVER! No more tests, no more homework, no more waking up at 6 A.M....until you start college.

2. “Man, am I old”

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You suddenly realize how fast time flies and that all of sudden you are no longer a child. It is no longer socially acceptable to sleep with a stuffed animal or wear pigtails.

3. “I’ll never be in this building ever again!”

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As you pass mundane things that you looked at every day of your life for the past four years, you suddenly reminisce about all the memories that you have at these spots. Oh dear water fountain, I think I'll miss you most of all...

4. “Yikes I won’t miss seeing you every day”

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While you are thinking about all the people that you will miss, you also catch a glimpse of the people that you really won't miss. We've all got those people that we really can't wait to get away from, and hope and pray we never have to run into again.

5. “God, now I have to adult”

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You have the realization that you now have to "adult" and live in the real world with bills. Responsibilities and all that fun stuff...oh boy.

6. “I may never see these people ever again…”

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It's crazy to think that the people you spent every day with for the past four years you may never see again in your life. Whether or not you like them, it's still a bit sad to think that you will never see these people ever again.

7. “I can’t believe this is really happening”

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Graduating from high school is a bit surreal. It's often difficult to really grasp the fact that you now are done with 13 years of schooling and that you now have to plunge into the depths of adulthood.

8. “Ah, the memories…”

As you look back at your high school career, you are reminded of all the best moments from the past four years. You think back to all the school dances, funny moments in class, and scandalous gossip you experienced in high school, and realize that high school wasn't all bad.

9. “I actually will really miss high school”

At the end of the day, even though you're excited to leave, you realize that these were some pretty amazing years. You will miss them dearly. Even through all the homework, rumors, and catty friendship fights, you still met some pretty amazing students, teachers, staff members at your high school that you will truly miss.

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