When you tell people that you’re about to graduate and they say, “Oh my god those were the best four years of my life, make the best of your last year.”
It’s well meaning. It’s being excited for someone and nostalgic at the same time. But it’s frustrating to hear, because it sounds a little like, “Your life is the best it will ever be right now and it won’t get better so enjoy it while it lasts.”
Not exactly what you want to hear when you’re stressed in the middle of ten projects. Yes, I’m happy. I’m learning to make myself happier every day. I love my life. I love my friends. I love my school. But I see bigger things ahead of me.
College is an experience that I know I will never replicate, nor do I want to. I’m aware it isn’t the real world. I know whatever is ahead of me is going to be hard. But I like a challenge.
I don’t want to be the kind of person who constantly dreams and pines for the past. Instead, I want to take those experiences and find a way to make the future even better. Even more, I want to live in the present and make every day important, because there’s no reason not to love your life. Every day. So, yes college is awesome, it’s been really freaking amazing. But so will the rest of my life.