On a level of 1-10 with 1 being chill and 10 being stressed the flip out, you could say I'm a 9. Worrying about the future, grades, GPA, work, assignments, and a lack of sleep and food will do it to ya.
While it is normal to experience stress and nervousness, the thoughts that come along with it can bring up something else.
1. “What am I supposed to do if everything doesn’t work out like it does in my head?”
It’s normal to stress about the future. I guess the fear of the unknown really takes over. One thing can be totally and completely planned out in your head, but in reality, it’s just in your head.
2. “I really hope everything I’ve learned can be used to make a difference one day.”
The one thing that everyone in their undergraduate studies thinks. Along with the infamous, “What if I don’t even end up using my degree?”
3. “I didn’t think it would be this hard.”
And no one does. For a little bit, being off and “on your own” feelings fun and exciting, but the stress of the real world can catch up to you.
4. “I wonder what would have happened if I did _______”
Ah, the what if’s. “What if I majored in Forensic Science or Elementary Education?” “What if I went to a different university?” “What if I didn’t go out of state?” Happens more often than not.
5. “I wish my parents were here.”
Wanting to grow up is all you can think about in high school. But being away from them truly show how much their physical absence can influence everything.
6. “Should I get another job?”
As if working and going to school at the same time weren’t stressful enough. But another little paycheck does sound pretty good.
7. “Are my grades good enough?”
Thoughts of graduate schools and required GPA’s can seem to cloud thoughts and make the overall school situation mote stressful than it is.
8. “How long will it even take me to get to where I want to be?”
Like exactly how long am I supposed to wait before I own a mansion and a yacht?
9. “What should I get my graduate degree in?”
If you’ve ever looked into graduate school degrees, you know that there is so much in-depth studies that you can earn your Master’s degree in. With most demanding jobs requiring a graduate degree, it can be nerve racking to decide what to study in what is “the beginning of the end.“
10. “What am I going to do when my meal card runs out?”
The dreaded hour. I dont’t think anyone is really ready for the moment that their meal card shuts back down to zero. When those double digits come up, you know the end is near.
11. “Am I where I need to be?”
Evaluating your place in life and things like your job and degree path may be overwhelming. Thinking that what you’re doing is a waste of time will only put you steps back from where you need to be.