When Senior Year Gets You In The Feels

When Senior Year Gets You In The Feels

I wish I could stay in college forever.
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Everyone tells you that college will be the best four years of your life. Boy were they right. When I think about everything that has happened throughout the past three and a half years of being at Florida State University I can't help but feel so incredibly thankful. I received lots of different advice when I was entering my freshman year.

People would tell me "Make as many friends as you can," "enjoy living in the moment," "the friends you make in college will be the friends you'll have for the rest of your life."

I truly had no clue what I was in for, and now here we are with only one semester left, two of my best friends just graduated, and I could not be more grateful for what this university has given me.

Senior year is like a giant smoothie of emotions. You're excited, nervous, sad, sentimental, anxious, and sappy all at once. The thought of not seeing all of my best friends every single day is honestly unbearable at times, but it also makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have found friends that make it so hard to say goodbye. It's true what they say, you really will find your absolute best friends in college.

Some of them will drive you nuts at times, some will make you laugh until you can't breathe, others will be the shoulder you cry on when times get hard, which they will.

College has been the best but also the most challenging years of my life. I've made incredible achievements, I've failed a class, I've found the women who will be my bridesmaids someday, I've experienced loss, grief, and the hardest situations I have ever had to face.

College is what molds you into the person you become. It teaches you to be independent, but to make friends you can depend on. It teaches you that you are capable of doing life on your own, but also that you never have to do it alone.

If I could go back in time and give my freshman year self some advice here are some things I would say.

1. Don't waste a single day.

Now that I have almost run out of time, it makes me look back on all the days I wasted just laying in bed or not doing anything for hours when instead I could have been spending that time with my friends. I could have been dancing until 2 in the morning with my best friends, getting security called on us three times, and waking up the next morning with legs so sore I can barely move from dancing so much. You only have four years. Don't waste them.

2. Make as many friends as you can, you're going to need them.

Your friends are your family in college. They will be the ones who take you to class when it's raining, take you to the emergency room when you fall out of your bed in the middle of the night and dislocate your shoulder, make you laugh until you cry, be there for you when a boy breaks your heart, encourage you to study harder or convince you to go out when you shouldn't.

3. Be the best friend you can possibly be.

I didn't truly understand what it meant to be a friend until someone was a true friend to me. I went through the absolute lowest and most challenging time of my life my sophomore and junior year of college and the reason I came out the other side a stronger person was because of my friends. They make me want to be a better person and a better friend because of the friend they've been to me.

4. Don't blink.

Four years will be gone like that.

Thank you to the ones who make leaving college so hard, I could never fully put into words how much you mean to me.

Cover Image Credit: Abby Rice

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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

"What would I do without you guys???"
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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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Living The College Life Doesn't Mean You Can Judge Those Who Chose Something Different

Life is full of choices and we can only judge our own.

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Picture this: you just got home from your summer internship and as you're sitting on the couch catching up on all of your social media for the day, you see that another girl you went to high school with is pregnant with her second kid! You may have only tangentially known this girl, but you immediately screenshot the post and send it to your group chat of your friends from home.

The conversation probably looks something like this:

You: (insert girl's name here) is pregnant!! Again!

Friend A: Whatt?!? Dude. I didn't even know she had a kid before.

Friend B: I just saw this too! Crazy!! I can barely keep my cactus alive, so kids definitely won't be on my radar anytime soon.

Friend A: Relatable. I honestly can't imagine.

Sound familiar?

So many of us do this, and even if not with malicious intent, we often don't realize that what may come as shocking or irresponsible in our eyes may be a perfectly normal and responsible life choice for someone else. Most of us are in college and are surrounded by, you guessed it — people that are also in college. This may be the path that the majority of us are on, but it is not the path that everyone takes, and we should be able to respect that.

Just because you are working towards becoming an engineer, doctor or lawyer doesn't mean that you are better than the person who chose to enter the workforce after high school or the person who chose to start a family early.

If you think about all the different choices and circumstances that landed you where you are today, you'll begin to realize how many different paths you could've taken. Hopefully you can look back and be happy with the path you chose, but more importantly, you should be able to notice that the choices you made to get there may not have been the choices that would have been best for a different person in different circumstances.

So, is it okay to send that screenshot to your friends back home? Sure! It's always fun to keep track of what people from your high school are up to and to reminisce with your old friends. We just need to be careful not to judge those who are on different paths, no matter how much they differ from our own.

Life is full of choices, and, at the end of the day, the only choices we can judge are our own. You often don't know the entire story when it's someone you know, much less when it's just some girl you went to high school with.

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