1. It Really is the Best Time You Will Ever Have in Your Life
For obvious reasons, it will be the best 4 year of your life. Whether you go away to school or not. It’s a time where you will meet important people, find out what you want to do for the rest of your life and learn all about yourself. It all comes together eventually and it may not be in any specific order, but every day spent in college you grow wiser. Then there is always the party life in college. No other time in your life will it be acceptable to binge drink every weekend, go to the bar until 2 AM or hangout with your friends for the majority of the day. It just doesn’t happen in real life which is what makes college so awesome and worth while.
2. You Need to Do Your Work
This may seem obvious as well, but for some it is actually very difficult. Especially those who attend colleges like WVU, this can sometimes be impossible. But separating work and party in college is the most important to maintain because it will determine whether or not you get the degree, and isn’t that why you are there in the first place? I promise those extra hours of studying will pay off as opposed to spending extra hours at the bar. Fight the urge to go out and know that there will be other opportunities. Like tomorrow night. You’ll always remember the good times you had, but make sure you make the most of your education because memories won’t pay the bills.
3. You Need to Cherish Every Moment
This is a mechanism I used my last semester of college because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to handle letting go. Make sure you make the most of every moment because it will all be gone in a second. Attend all the extra-curricular activities when you have time, take time to have conversations with your classmates and those you’ve known for years through your major, take mental snapshots of campus and times spent with your friends. So then when you look back, you can smile and remember all the crazy times you had and how you never held back. It is the best time of your life, but just like all good things, it will eventually come to an end.
Life After College
1. It Sucks, but You Already Know That
Ugh. Yeah. Post-grad life isn’t all that sometimes. Sure, you have the rest of your life to look forward to, hopefully a new exciting job, maybe a new place to live and complete freedom with what you want to. But, all that seems somewhat repetitive and lame in comparison to college life. Because you basically had freedom, but were still young enough to not take life too seriously. I see my friends post on social media all the time about WVU and what they are up to which gives me huge FOMO (fear of missing out). It sucks, but we know that and it will just take some time to accept.
2. You Feel Like You Can’t do Anything Anymore ‘Cause You’re Supposed to Be Responsible
Back at home again. What is there to do for fun now? So you guys don’t want to go to happy hour? You have work until 5?, but happy hour is at 5 and we can’t be late. Is it weird to go to that bar still? Should I even wear this? Do you guys want to pregame or is that weird? Whatever, I’ll just order food and watch Netflix. I think my parents have some nice wine in the house.
3. You’ll Always Be a College Kid at Heart
So maybe you will grow out of the college life and finally grow up. You will land a job that you are proud to have, you will meet new people to share knowledge and experiences with and will learn about so many things that college could never teach you. So, the things you once did in college won’t be so appealing, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. And no matter where you go in life, you’ll always remembeer the college kid in you. That wasn’t a typo. You have something to look back on that will forever be a part of who you are and you’ll always remember what it felt like to be a college kid. Plus, if you went to a school like WVU you’ll always be able to say that you can out drink anyone (even if it’s not true anymore). But you know at one point it was true and that’s pretty cool too.