Change is simultaneously one of the most exhilarating and terrifying parts of life. It’s one thing to let the semester burnout with the gratifying feeling that you’ve completed your first college semester successfully; it’s another to look back on four successful years and then glance forward into the future. College is a stepping stone, but moving on can be as scary as it is exciting.
It’s all too easy to look back on our years in college as the best years of our lives, but we can’t. We’ve got to jump confidently into what comes next, and find the next place we belong. It’s one of the hardest things we’ll ever do. But it’s also the most important.
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It can be easy to spend our last months, weeks, or days stressing over final projects and job applications. While these things are important, it’s equally important to remember the end of our college experience fondly. You’ve spent four years preparing academically. Remember to prepare some other areas of your life, as well. School isn’t all there is--shockingly enough!
Along those same lines, most of us would agree that goodbyes are hard. To avoid them, many of us tend to disengage when we realize we’re reaching the end. Don’t let yourself lose the important friendships you’ve gained during these years, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to make new ones. It’s only a year, but even a few months can make an enormous difference in someone’s life. Just because you won’t be at college together anymore doesn’t mean these friendships can’t still be some of the most important in your life. Long-distance relationships are just as rewarding as side-by-side ones.
Learn to Let Go
Last of all, learn to release the past four years gracefully. I know people who’ve never been able to let go of their college experience, who continue to return nearly monthly for all the events they used to take part in as students. I don’t think any of us should abandon our alma mater all together--it’s perfectly normal to return for a performance, game, or special day every once in a while. But at the same time, we’ve got to be able to move on into the future, instead of constantly living in the past. It’s scary, but it’s exciting, and necessary. We can’t stop change. The best thing we can do is become a part of it. You have wonderful things ahead of you, trust me!