To Those Who Are Uncertain And Nervous About The Real World

Thinking back to my last semester of college reminds me of how absolutely butt-kicking school really was. Taking six classes was harder than I thought but you know what, I finished, and now I’m out in the REAL WORLD! However, that last semester was full of awesome memories, and I couldn’t be happier to share them.

During my senior year I was on the fence about SO many things:

  1. Soooo, what’s a job? Is it boring? I want a fun job
  2. I’m graduating, I hope I see the majority of you guys again!
  3. No more excuses for ANYTHING!

That last one is still the most important, in my mind. Excuses can only get you so far until they lose their effect. For example:

  1. High School- ” Mom, I don’t feel good”   Result: “Okay, you can stay home today.”

vs.

  1. College: “Hello Professor X, I’m not feeling well”  Result: “That will be 10% deducted from your grade if you don’t come to class today.”

Thinking back, Thanksgiving that year was one of my more hectic holidays because I had lost my planner (my entire life). I freaked out for a good 2 days then decided that I could just order a new one, so I did. I took a long two-hour plane ride home, full of turbulence and nearly threw up. But that’s not even the worst of it all. Casually, having a great night I reached into my purse and low and behold, my credit card has been swiped! Along with that, kids, the lesson here with credit cards and money in general, DON’T SPEND MONEY YOU DON’T HAVE! As for me, I learned that lesson as I watched my credit cards slid between the scissors of Papa Bear and was put on a strict reality check. As the days continued to worsen, my flight home was delayed two hours, causing my anxiety to shoot through the roof as I had a test at 9am that next morning along with two 10 page papers due. No one was able to pick me up from the airport because they all had class, and I didn’t have enough money for a cab, so I called EVERYONE! Once I finally got a ride, I got home to a messy apartment and dog Sh*t in my bathroom, which I stepped in and a broken air conditioner.

Take a Breather

I headed to my car, and after all of that, it had been broken into. *sigh* I look past that and drive off to Trader Joe’s not remembering that I currently am without a debit card and only have $60 cash so the cashier takes half of the items I grabbed off the shelves and I buy $30 worth of groceries. Smile and head home. I’m gingerly walking back to my apartment from the parking garage until *rrrippp*…Both grocery bags split down the middle.

If that’s not enough for you, do you remember that dog that thought leaving me a housewarming gift in my bathroom was nice? Well, I threw it in the toilet and flushed it, so I thought. It clogged the toilet, and I called maintenance who thought I was the sole cause of the clog. So embarrassing. And remember those papers I needed to write and that test I needed to study for. My WiFi decided to play an oh-so-funny prank on me and shut off for the remainder of the night.

So there you have it, my senior year in a nutshell. But here I am now, living my #AdultLife with a real job and still holding onto the few but amazing friends I made back in college. I can honestly say that I am much more credit card conscious than I was back then, so I can truly promise any graduating seniors out there that are worried that they aren’t ready for the real world, it does get better. Certainly, as your stressors grow from term papers to bill payments, you as a person learn to grow too. *Spoiler alert: It only gets better.*

Originally published on Paige to Page.
In collaboration with Cassandra Marie Vella
Featured Image via Pexels

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