I’ve started to grasp the reality of graduation. Now all I want to do is wrap myself in a blanket, hide in my room and pretend my world isn’t about to change forever. I’m on the teetering edge between stages four and five of a graduating senior.
Much like the five stages of grief, there are five stages of a college senior.
Symptoms: feeling carefree, pure excitement, and looking forward to no more homework or exams.
This stage involves months of sitting on your ass, enjoying your senior status and half-heartedly looking for jobs to avoid making any real life decisions.
2. Guilt and Regret
This is when you start to realize the college lifestyle you’ve been living for the past four years isn’t going to translate over very well to life after college. You are a financial mess. The safety net of college is about to be taken out from right under you. And you have to start worrying about paying back all those student loans.
Warning: You may feel as though the wind has been knocked out of you. Try to keep calm.
3. Panic and Fear
This stage involves a lot of freaking out. You start to have this painstaking fear that if you don’t choose the right job/get the right job, you will be unhappy forever. You even start to consider graduate school in order to escape the real world.
At this stage it’s very easy for you to act irrationally. You are a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
At this stage your emotions are all over the place. You start to cry over the most random things. You call your mom just to hear her voice because she makes you feel safe. No matter how many times people tell you they understand how you feel, you don’t believe them.
This is probably the toughest one to get through.
5. The Upward Turn
Hope prevails! You realize you can’t achieve your dreams unless you take action. The motivation and confidence you lost in stage four comes back. You remind yourself to be patient and work hard. Everything will work out in the end.
What stage are you in? Do you have any advice or tips on how to get through each of these stages? If so, leave a comment!