Two weeks out of college with time to reflect on a whirlwind of a senior year.
I thought I was prepared to be a senior in college. I don’t think I could have been more wrong. Oh, I was ready for a lot of things – continuing my education, living with my friends on campus, more papers and balancing my social, academic, and athletic life. But I wasn’t ready for the quirks and questions that no one ever talks about before your senior year of college.
Be prepared to tell people you don’t know the answer to the classic question: “What are your future plans?”
In response, you can either 1) have the conversation end awkwardly or 2) have people ask if your major was procrastination and that’s why you don’t have a job yet. Yes, someone did say that to me.
Yes, I had to admit that I don’t have my life figured out beyond my weekend plans. It is my new resolution to come up with better questions to ask my friends, siblings and future children when they are seniors so they don’t have to feel stressed about something that truthfully doesn’t need to be associated with stress.
Try cooking for yourself more.
It’s harder than it seems. It is hard to make quality food on a low budget. I’m still trying to figure out how to buy groceries for a single person – how do I buy enough to have a meal that’s more than an omelet and bagel, but not too much food that it spoils before I get to eat it? And I swear to you that sometimes I get charged just for thinking about buying more expensive food. Post-meal thoughts leave me wondering how my sweet mother makes food for all six of my family members and has all of the food hot and ready at the same time.
Your college wardrobe might not be what you wear to your 9 to 5 job.
My wardrobe consists of leggings, leggings, and more leggings. Why? Because they were $5 and I am a firm believer in the leggings-as-pants theory. Dry Goods, one of my favorites stores, has skirts on sale for $30. In my mind, a skirt and a pair of leggings have about the same amount of fabric. Why such a price difference?! I will grudgingly ditch the leggings along with my baseball caps and flannels. Hello curling wand, skirts and heels!
Searching for a full time job is a full time job.
I promise you I am qualified human being with a Bachelor’s degree. I can’t emphasis the need for internships enough! I have had internships, and I don’t suggest being a workaholic before you graduate, but I suggest you take advantage of opportunities as they arise. You might apply for 72 jobs and not have someone hire you until your 84th job. No kidding you should see the spreadsheets my roommates and I started to keep track of all the jobs we were applying for!
I’m graduating college without a “ring by spring.”
I promise I did go to a Christian college AND I am a Christian. I also have never been to Gadkin. I do, however, have a Pinterest board regarding all things wedding. Also, can we change the Christian dating culture at Bethel? I would like to suggest casual dating (aka you don’t have to say “I do” after Date #1). I would like to suggest intentional conversation taking time to get to know one another. Guys, thank you for being sweet and paying for our coffee. Ladies, don’t be a mooch and go on dates solely for free Starbucks and a new Instagram pic.
Senior year is oddly the easiest and hardest year of college.
I wasn’t prepared to give myself a pep talk before walking into class every day, reminding myself that education is a privilege. It’s the easiest because you are finally in a groove at college you know what classes you can and cannot skip, you have a solid friend group and people you can count on, and you never run out of flex. It’s the hardest year because you don’t have the motivation to do anything you don’t hate learning or your professors, but you feel burnt out from trying to be present and also trying to focus on future plans like a job, and a living situation, and do I or do I not need a credit card? Even though I am only taking 13 credits, it’s the most emotionally, spiritually, and mentally heavy load I have taken.
Freshman, I know CWC seems hard now, but it might be one of your easiest college classes.
Sophomores, you’re like the middle child this year but I hope it’s been a good year.
Juniors, let this be your warning.
Bethel, you’re not perfect, but thank you for a great four years.
Courage, dear heart.