The Pains And Joys Of The Semester Before Senior Year

The Pains And Joys Of The Semester Before Senior Year

Because junior year is underrated

You always hear people talking about their senior year, but what about the semester before your senior year? You still have about a year and a half to go before you graduate, but have you ever realized how hard this semester can be both academically and emotionally?

Let's talk about academics first. You're a junior now. Woah. If you thought college was hard at the beginning, it's a whole different ball game now. Now you have research paper after research paper, have a job, are looking into grad schools, and just a lot of other hard junior type things. Things are winding down and now when people ask you what you are planning to do after college, they're kind of expecting some sort of answer at this point. I miss the days when they would say, "oh you're just a freshman, you still have time to figure it all out!"

But now its getting real. This is your last semester as a junior, the last summer before senior year. What are you going to do this summer? Answers in the past would be to spend time with friends and family and maybe work at your high school job at home. Not anymore. Now you're pressured to be spending your summer interning somewhere in relation to the field you want, you may be job shadowing, or you may start looking into grad schools or jobs after college. The list goes on and on.

So this time is definitely academically challenging, but don't even get me started on emotionally challenging. Just take a look at the senior class. You probably have a lot of friends in your senior class that are graduating. You think to yourself, "how are you going to survive college without them?" They were the people you looked up to, and now you are going to have to be that role model to the younger classes. And what about those people you know in your grade who are graduating a year or a semester early? What are you going to do without them?

One of the hardest parts about senior year is that everything is your last. Your last first day of school, last sorority formal, etc. It's not your last yet, but its about to be. I just can't help but think, "wow, I only have one more of these" when I go to something.

Now, I didn't write this article to give you anxiety or stress you out. So lets talk about the positive things about this last semester as a junior, leading to your senior year. You have the nerves but excitement of life after college. You finally get to go into your dream job or at least further the process of getting there. The thing you have worked on so hard for these past 4 years are finally worth it when you get that job you have always wanted.

Also, think about all the really cool things that schools have for seniors that only you get to look forward to. The seniors are praised and looked up to on campus, and that will be you too in just a few short months.

The point of this article is that your last semester as a junior is underrated. We take for granted all of the great things that we have right now. I challenge all of my fellow juniors in college right now to really embrace all of the great things you get to do as a college student.

Go to that college basketball game, go to that college party, spend long nights studying with your friends to try to bare the pain of studying, just do it all. And be thankful for it all. Soon enough, a lot of these things are going to your last and you're going to say, "man I wish I had done more in college" or say, "man I wish I realized how great these little things were when I still had the chance to go."

It's the semester before your big senior year. What are you going to do?

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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