College: The Best Years Ever!
“You’re going off to college”
“Are you excited”
“Ah, college! Those were the best years of my life!”
Before my Freshman year, I was bombarded with comments like these. Nostalgia ran rampant as an older generation of peers would recall the glory days of college. Sex, booze, parties, and neverending fun! This was College in a nutshell—the greatest 4 years of your life.
From months of pregaming college with Amerian Pie, Van Wilder, and Blue Mountain State (remember that show), I was nothing less than pumped for college!! I mean, everyone told me how it was gonna be. Four years of bliss before we have to grow up and embark on a quest of adulthood. Enjoy it while you can.
But, what if I told you that everyone was wrong? What if, college isn’t the best four years of your life? Don’t worry! There’s nothing wrong with that. The reality of it is that college is not what you see on TV. And it’s certainly not just the overhyped stories that you’ve heard from your parents 10x over.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint…
Don’t get me wrong, college can be an excellent time in one’s life. A new environment awaits you. Various people from diverse, rich backgrounds are in your vicinity. There’s so much to learn and experience! But for some, the cold, cruel stride of life passes by and makes things complicated.
For many of us, College welcomes new questions. But with some questions comes unfavorable truths about the world around us and our place within it. From personal issues like social anxiety to parental disapproval all the way to a general fear of failure, there’s a lot of concerns that can interrupt your enjoyment and make college less than enjoyable.
But that’s just a small portion of your life. College doesn’t need to be the end of days! You don’t need to simply exist and resign to a life of agonizing reality. The truth is: there’s a lot to look forward to after college. Arguably, there’s more to look forward to after college. Remember, once you leave, you’re an adult. You’re free to make your own decisions. Now, for some, the newfound abundance of expectations can be daunting. But it doesn’t need to be.
For those who face their fears, they discover that the new responsibility is empowering. They realize that they’ve reached the long-awaited milestone in which everything they could want is within their grasp. They can finally conceptualize opportunity,
Hang in there! Life is awesome!
Life is amazing if you allow it to be. The planet is filled with spectacular places, interesting people, and an endless array of experiences.
As a college student, I’d always hear of people horrified of life after college. Nightmare fuel of bills, taxes, and adulting plagued every student’s mind until reality and the perceived dream were indistinguishable.
This shouldn’t be the case! There’s nothing to fear!
The only thing hindering the quality of life after college is YOU! Your life is what you make of it. If college was amazing for you then attribute that fact simply to you making it that way. The same applies to life afterward.
Understand that college is a small percentage of your life.