This time of year is always filled with nostalgia. For seniors, it is a time of reflection and a time of moving on. In exactly one year, I’ll be one of the seniors moving on. The thought of that sends me into full-blown panic mode, and I am constantly bargaining with higher powers for more time at Bradley. Where did the past three years of my college experience go to? It couldn’t have gone by that fast? I feel like I just moved out of my freshman dorm last year.
In order to slow things down for the next year, I’ve decided to give myself a few pieces of advice (follow at your own discretion):
- Relax: Sure, college has a lot of avenues that produce stress. And while I encourage you to take your education very seriously, I also suggest that you take time to relax and enjoy life. You only live once (did I just drop a YOLO?). Do you really want to look back and remember being stressed all the time during some of the greatest years of your life?
- Be an adventurer: I’m the type of person who likes to make any situation an adventure. I’m serious about that – I consider even just a walk down the block a chance for adventure (although I hope my and your prospects of adventure are better than that). Part of this attitude comes with being open to try new things, meet new people and go to new places. Enjoy life’s adventures – no matter how big or small.
- Live in the moment: Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” That’s just about the hardest advice you can give a college student because we are in a place that is programming us to prepare for the future. It’s only fair to yourself to enjoy your college years, and I plan on making my senior year pretty damn epic.
- No ragrets, not even one letter (I’m so sorry): Like I said before, you get one life so you better live it the way you want. Be bold, take risks, live your life to the fullest. This might be hard if you’re like me, often shy in situations I am not confident about. But, what the heck? Making mistakes or being embarrassed makes life kind of interesting, and it’s a lot better than looking back and asking, “what if?’ So, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and do things you might not be sure about.
Alright, folks. That’s it. Live it up, and I’ll catch you on the flipside.