The Senioritis Struggle: Part 1
From when I first walked through the Griffith Memorial Arch as a freshman, I dreamed about walking the opposite way at graduation, kissing away classes, homework and GPAs for life. Yet along with the excitement of impending adulthood, senior year has a bittersweet flavor to it.
It is difficult to put into text what I have been feeling this year; it’s a combination of being nervous, excited and anxious for life post-graduation. When I was a freshman, sophomore and junior, I had senior-year friends going through the same feelings I am now; I just didn’t get it then. It all ends in May when I exit out of the arch.
Here are a few of the things I will miss most after graduating:
- Sleeping in until 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays
- Seeing my friends every day
- Taking random day trips to Toledo or Lima because I don’t have class
- All the free T-shirts
- Having free time in the middle of the day to do whatever I want
- Being able to talk to career mentors like my advisor, Dr. Grant
- Being part of The Oiler 10, a student-run, faculty-mentored marketing and consulting agency
- Getting to work in the College of Business and the Office of Marketing and Communication
Here are a few of the things I will be looking forward to after graduating:
- Starting a career doing what I love: marketing!
- Planning my wedding
- Having a consistent work schedule (hopefully, with consistent income)
- Potentially moving somewhere new
- Beginning new networks and gaining new mentors
- Being able to do outside activities I love (sporting events, cooking classes, etc.)
To quote Andy from “The Office” (my favorite show): “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” Yes, part of me is ready to exit out of the Griffith Memorial Arch and to kiss away classes, homework and GPAs, but I need to cherish my last few months as an undergraduate at Findlay. I will never be able to experience being in college again with my closest friends as roommates, free T-shirts, and abundant free time.
The idea that my life will be different in just a matter of months is daunting, but I am excited for the journey and will cherish the “Good Old Days” before I exit the arch.