The Victory Lap: An Open Letter to College Seniors

Whew! You made it. You’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into these last few years and the finish line is now in sight. You deserve to pat yourself on the back because everyone didn’t make it this far. Senior year came by quick didn’t it?! It seems like it was just yesterday when you were an eager little freshman, moving into your dorm, getting lost on your way to class, figuring out which organizations you wanted to join, and in awe of this new life changing experience. You probably wouldn’t even recognize your freshmen year self, and that’s a good thing. College is all about growth, and now that you’ve spent years watering, feeding, and nurturing yourself, your almost at full bloom. So as you begin the journey of processing your last year, I have some advice for you that all college seniors should know.

In the blink of an eye your college experience is coming to an end. The moment you’ve been praying for is finally here. You’ve officially had your last first day of classes during undergrad. In fact your senior year will be full of doing things for the last time, so be sure to savor every moment of it. My first piece of advice is to appreciate everything that comes your way, the good and the bad. Just when you thought you’ve learned all that you could, senior year comes to teach you lessons you never knew you needed.

Senior year is the time to be on top of your game like never before. With graduation being so close, you can practically reach out and grab it, now is not the time to let up. You’re an adult now and the only person who will make sure you graduate is you, so be sure to double check your schedule and make sure all your I’s are dotted and your T’s are crossed. If the financial aid office doesn’t already know your face, they should this year. You won’t believe all the seniors who come so close to graduating only to realize that their missing a few credits, or they owe more money than they thought.

Lastly, trust yourself, and trust this journey that you’re on. During this last year, there will be a thousand things to stress over, but you just have to trust that everything will work out for you. Don’t compare yourself to others who may have job offers already, or the ones who are going off to grad school. Their journey isn’t meant to be the same as yours. Take this last year to laugh with people who may not see again, enjoy the views that you won’t be able to see again until homecoming, and take the time to enjoy everything that you’ll do for the last time. One thing I want to leave you with is this, know that what is for you will always be for you, and that just may be the biggest lesson you’ll learn as you navigate through this last year.

With Love,

Your Curlfriend

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