Currently listening to: Everybody Else – In Memoriam
Today was the first day of my last semester of college. I feel… old. Isn’t that such a sad thought at 21? But I’ve got to tell you, when I walk around the Jester area–fraught with freshmen–I look at them and all I see are babies.
Especially when it also dawns on me that these freshmen were born in the 1990s. Haunting.
I count roughly 78 days left in the semester. My days at UT are certainly numbered–the days of going to class, hanging out with my friends until the wee hours, partying, studying…it’s college. A time of self-discovery, hard truths, growing up–a part of me is still madly in love with this life.
And yet, a tiny yet strong feeling has emerged, too–I’m excited and ready to embark on the next chapter of my life. There’s just one tiny problem.
I’ve asked around, and I’ve found that it is not a good idea to ask graduating college seniors what their post-graduation plans are. With the economy in shambles and companies cutting positions every day, the feature is looking bleak–bleaker than 2008 or 2007, to be sure. In reality, I can only think of a handful (yes, five) of people who I know have secured a job. And bear in mind, this is across the board–communication, business, engineering, natural sciences, etc. I don’t think any graduating senior wants to look you in the eye and say, “I feel stressed and miserable because the job market is awful, and I’m scared I won’t be successful.” While I’m sure this is felt each year by many students, I feel it hitting our graduating class particularly hard.
I’ll give you a rundown of my first day of class, along with some tips:
- Never take a class before 9 a.m., 10 a.m. if you can swing it, 11 a.m. if you’ve got a guardian angel. College tends to make you nocturnal.
- It’s possible (and realistic) that you will either (A) love the class but dislike the teacher or (B) dislike the class but love the teacher. This can make a huge difference in how you view the classwork.
- Naps are fantastic. Not sure why we ever stopped taking them in school.
- Class #1 was great. It’s not like either option I mention above–good sign.
- Class #2 was…eh. Definitely leaning toward option A, but it was the first day. I should cut the prof some slack. A couple of my good friends are in this class, so hopefully they’ll entertain me as well.
- Day: homework (yes, already!), accidental nap, gym with two of my girlfriends, and work.
Today was also a college milestone for me. Today, we welcomed our 44th president, Barack Obama. I watched the inauguration on Hulu and CNN, and it was incredible to witness the historic swearing in ceremony. For our nation, I am optimistic.