Graduation

Confessions of a College Graduate

What You Need to Know From an Experienced College Student

By: Jessica Scarimbolo

Graduates throwing up their caps at the end of the commencement ceremony. (Credit: freeimages.com)

As a soon-to-be college graduate, it is only fitting to enlighten people on what to expect in their four years and as graduation gets closer.

First, saying that college is “the best four years of your life,” is definitely subjective. Commuting during my college years felt very much like my high school years, except much less fun.

When your mom tells you to get involved in activities and clubs in school, listen to them. It is important to stay true to yourself and continue doing the things you like to do, even throughout college.

Also, your high school teachers were right; your college professors will not care if you’re there or not. While you may have a select few professors who will reach out to you when you’re absent, it is often your responsibility to catch up if you are absent from class.

You may even have classes so big that your professors don’t know your name, or even your face. This becomes dangerous because the urge to be excessively absent increases, especially if your professor does not take attendance.

Weigh your options. If your professor uploads all the notes to Blackboard and does not take attendance, take your absence.

If you know you are going to miss an abundance of notes that will prepare you for the final exam, it may be a good idea to go to class even when your professor doesn’t take attendance.

This college graduate will never tell you to go to every single meeting for every single class. You get those absences for a reason, and I have never let an absence go unused.

Most importantly, senioritis and more fittingly, “spring semesteritis” is still so real. Since most colleges go by semesters, you now have two seasons where you lose motivation way faster than you should.

The first is usually after Thanksgiving break in the fall semester. It is basically a proven fact that you are now in “end of semester” mode.

The semester officially comes to an end in the middle of December and even professors start to lose their motivation after returning back from Thanksgiving break.

Even worse than this, though, is the time following spring break in the spring semester. Even though you still have nearly a month left of school after spring break, sometimes even two months, it is undeniable that at this point, you are ready for the semester to end.

I’d love to tell you that it is okay to slack off at these times in the semester, but you have to push through. Remember that you can cry and sleep after you get your degree.

It also may be assumed that once you graduate college, you have your whole life together. This is quite the opposite.

After you graduate college you may have a degree, but you do not necessarily have your whole life planned out the way dreamed it would would be when you were younger.

You may be graduating and going back to live with your parents, or you may be receiving your degree without an actual job waiting for you.

All of these things are okay. College is a place and a time when you learn about yourself and who you are.

For some people, college education takes eight years, while it may take three for others.

You may have switched your major multiple times or you may have been offered a job at your dream location after graduating.

Remember, the person you are sitting next to at graduation will be at a different place in their life than you are‒and that is okay.

College is absolutely not the end of your life, it is just the beginning.

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