A little over a year ago, I walked across a stage and claimed a piece of paper that gave me instructions on how to pick up my diploma a few months later. And that was it. Four years of pumping caffeine into my bloodstream, occasionally staying up until the butt crack of dawn*, and exhausting a small forest’s worth of paper left me with a bag of mixed emotions and a document telling the world that I might qualify for some entry-level jobs.
With the first day of school just around the corner, however, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of nostalgia. While I’m reveling in the fact that I no longer have to stress over grades or buy overpriced textbooks, there are parts of college life that I really miss – campus events, dinners with friends basically every night, student discounts, to name a few. Would I repeat my undergrad years if I had the chance?
College was a happy little bubble with lots of room for errors and opportunities where you least expect them. Routines would consist of more than just work, eat, and sleep, and there was somehow still enough energy to explore the city, go to the gym, and volunteer.
It’s also a taste of what the “real world” has to offer. College was fun and all, but after a year of trying to navigate through early adulthood, one thing’s for sure: I’ve picked up two handfuls of life lessons that I’ll carry with me as I gradually level up and become full-fledged adult.Read More