BREATHE, IT’LL BE OK.
Savor it, even if you can't wait to get out.
Real talk: Never having to write another paper unless you want to is just as incredible as you think it is. But — even if college is a drag, come a year post-graduation, you may very well find yourself feeling nostalgic for your campus, your best friends, maybe even your tiny dorm room because the human brain is weird like that. It's a bizarre and special time in your life, and even if you're confused and overwhelmed as hell, just be present for all of it.
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Go to events you normally wouldn’t go to.
You'll get invites for senior formals, boat cruises, etc., and your first instinct may be to roll your eyes. But it's also only one night out of all the nights in your life where you could otherwise be eating pizza in your bed (no judgment — it's the best). Just go, and if you absolutely hate it, well, now you'll know. Actually having an amazing and new experience with your friends is worth the risk.
But also prioritize your thesis over friends.
You know the drill: The friends who matter will stay in your life anyway and the ones who don't will fade away (or just move across the country, SORRY). Professors (who can help you find jobs or be excellent mentors), on the other hand, have no obligation or real reason to remember your name unless you prove yourself.
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Don’t freak out over not having a job lined up.
Everyone says this phrase to the point where the words start to feel like a surrealistic, meaningless jumble, but it's true. You'll hear about one or two people having a handsomely paid consulting position waiting for them after graduation, and suddenly you'll feel like the only loser who doesn't have it together.
It might take a few months after graduating to secure the right gig, especially if you have a more specific job in mind. That's reality. You can hyperventilate over it or you can take a deep breath and move on.
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