Graduating college is hard. Sure, everyone knows college academics are challenging, but that’s beside the point. Graduating college is difficult emotionally, and it’s often overlooked and masked behind the celebrations surrounding the achievement itself.
Graduation is an exciting time for obvious reasons, but it’s also upsetting. The thought of leaving everyone and everything you’ve known for the past four years of your life is a lot to handle. It affects everyone in different ways, but there’s no denying the whirlwind of emotions that result after receiving your diploma.
It sets in as you pack your belongs reflecting on the memories that you made. For the first time in four years, you leave your university knowing that you won’t be returning as a student in the fall. You leave unsure of the next time you’ll see your friends who so quickly became your family. You return home, but to an extent it doesn’t really feel like home anymore. You find yourself feeling very unsure and uneasy about what is to come.
You’ll find yourself missing the freedom of college, the lack of responsibilities. The feeling of excitement that overcame you before a home football game. The happy hours. You miss the naps between classes that you knew you shouldn’t be taking. The nights that you and your best friends were singing your favorite song at the tops of your lungs without a care in the world. You find yourself longing for moments that you thought you had forgotten about, wishing you had appreciated them more while you still had the chance.
Graduating college is hard, but it should be. Saying goodbye is undeniably difficult for a reason – because it meant something. As your undergraduate career comes to a close, be thankful for your experiences. Whether you believe it now or not, remember that the best is yet to come.