Ever since I began commuting to school, I’ve actually come to appreciate the forty-five minute drive. Particularly on summer nights like tonight when the sun is setting and I’m driving home alone with the music blasting, I find it gives me time to really contemplate life and clear my mind. During my drive home tonight I, for some reason (perhaps the fact that I’m taking summer courses), started to really think about college, the real world, and where I stand with it all.
Given I failed to graduate on time with the rest of my class, I think I’m officially labeled as one those morons who are on a ”five year plan” just to receive their fucking bachelors degree. Truthfully, throughout my freshman and sophomore years (ok and maybe most of my junior year too…) I never took college seriously. Under the impression that I would somehow be young and drunk forever, I failed to think of college as a way to prepare myself for the rest of my life. Although I don’t regret any of the times I missed class because I was too hung over, or when I decided to change my major a million times, I am definitely dealing with the consequences now.
Nevertheless, if being a super-senior has made me realize anything it is that the transition into your 20’s brings on a whole new stage in life. Interestingly enough, I’ve found there comes a time when you’re hangovers somehow become worse and getting shitfaced at an overcrowded college bar four nights a week eventually loses its appeal. Don’t get me wrong- the several years I spent nonstop binge drinking, experimenting with various substances, and surviving solely on adderrall, cigarettes, and eggo waffles during the prime of my college experience were some of the best years of my life.
Now however, as I continue to grow further into my 20’s life is exciting in a whole new way. From my perspective, this is the only period of time in your life that you get to live in between college and the real world. Therefore I believe it is important to take advantage of your freedom and independence, and really explore anything and everything. Whether it means moving across the country or simply trying out a hobby that will challenge you in a new way, this stage in life truly has no boundaries.
So although I may have no idea where I'm headed or what the hell I want to do with my life, I intend to have a lot of fun finding out. :)