Hi, sweet college senior,
I know that Thanksgiving is coming up and you’re probably all in your feelings because that means that half of your senior year is over. Isn’t it crazy? They say college flies by but you never believe them until you’re attending your last home college football game and you’re almost in tears thinking about how it just won’t be the same next year.
I also know you’re probably worried because the holidays are the time of year when you go home and your family is going to ask you how classes are. They’re going to ask you if you’re dating someone, if you’re having fun. They also might ask you the scariest question of all: what are your plans after graduation?
Just thinking about this conversation might give you a mini-meltdown. If you’re like me, I didn’t know what I was doing after graduation. I know how hard it is to meet your family’s expectations with uncertain answers.
But you know what else I know? Is that you’re going to do great. Let’s be honest. You still have half of a year left after this semester! I promise that you do not have to rush to find a job, or to get married, or to accept a position at grad school. I absolutely promise that you have plenty of time to decide what you’re going to do after you graduate. You’ll be proactive and get your resume finished, you’ll apply for that job, and your LinkedIn profile will be perfect.
What you should be worrying about right now is soaking in time in your sweet college town. On the Tuesday you should be studying, go to that bar with your friends for Taco Tuesday. Go to trivia night with your bestie. Sign up for that last women’s retreat the weekend before a paper is due. Your responsibilities and homework may be looming over your head, but the things you’ll remember are the memories you made with your friends during your last year.
So promise me this: find a balance between accomplishing your to-do list and going out of your way to be spontaneous with you college family. You’ll regret it later if you spend too much time in the library and not enough time with the people you won’t live in the same town with next year.
Soak up every bittersweet moment.
You’ve got this.
Love you more than my luggage,