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College Isn’t “The Best Four Years of Your Life”

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College isn’t “The best four years of your life” and that’s okay. While it is a wonderful time of self discovery, you still have plenty of life yet to live. 

As much as I am freaking out about the future, I’m also excited to see what new challenges and experiences I’ll have. As I am about to embark on my senior year of college, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my college experience. Man, what a blast it was. My time in college has been an experience that I will cherish for a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean its been “the best four years of my life” or that I have loved every second of it and that’s okay.

One of those things that they tell you when you begin college is that “it’ll be the best 4 years of your life” and while it has been an absolute blast road tripping with my best friends to away games, sneaking into the tunnels under campus, and drinking wine with my girlfriends until we all think we’re as funny as Amy Schumer– I can confidently say that college isn’t the best 4 years of my life.

There are so many things that I want to accomplish after I graduate that I can’t fathom, after only 21 years of life, that suddenly I have nothing to look forward to because the best has already passed me by.

I want to become a morning person. I want to travel to India. I want to land my dream job. I want to revisit Northern Ireland. I want to meet my husband and have a wonderful wedding that launches a beautiful marriage. I want to have some babies. I want to walk the Great Wall of China. I want to finally love myself as much as I should. I want to road trip across the United States with whoever will join me. I want to find something I’m so passionate about that I can’t help but pursue it. I want to celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary. I want to read all of “the classics”. I want to watch my children, God willing, grow up into beautiful and extraordinary people.

And that’s just to name a few.

Yes, I’m a dreamer. Yes, I’m fanciful. And yes, you could say I’m “just a naïve young girl who has no idea what she’s talking about.”

But here’s what I say.

Everyone tells you, “Never grow up kid, stay as young as you can forever.” I prefer to look at growing up as a challenge. As a chance to finally become the person you truly are and chase your dreams. Chase them fast and chase them hard because you’ll never have as much time or freedom to accomplish them as you have today.

I refuse to settle into the thinking that “college is the best 4 years of your life”

College is great and college has given me some of my favorite memories. But college is only 1 part of my life, a great part yes, but not the best part. Our challenge as young people embarking on our path into adulthood is to remain headstrong and confident for the future.

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