The undaunted undergrads: Pre-post grad crisis

Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams,  she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

Remember freshman year? You were excited about the prospect of a new beginning, making new friends and starting something which could potentially change your life forever.

I will always remember my last semester of my freshman year. I had finally found my friend group, the freshman fifteen was catching up to me and the dorm room was starting to lose its appeal.  I remember calling home and complaining to my parents who lived all but 12 hours away about my English 102 professor and the amount of credits I was taking.

But what they told me was, “slow down, take it all in, the next four years of your life are going to go by way too fast.”

I know what you are thinking; I’m preaching to the choir, right? Here I am about to start the last semester of my college career and I am freaking out to say the least. Fall semester was extremely busy. So busy I almost forgot how to enjoy myself.

And isn’t that what college is about? Learning but enjoying yourself at the same time. These are supposed to be the best four years of our lives. But now that I’m barreling toward spring semester I have realized how unprepared I am to leave behind this life. And like I said before; I am freaking out.

If you know me well, you know that I love to make lists. I even make lists to make lists and I make plans to make plans. So after May 18 I am not sure what kind of lists I will have or if my calendar is going to be full.  Because at the moment it is looking completely empty.

After hours of contemplating I have come up with a strategy.  I will no longer have this pre-post graduation stress control my life.  Instead I am going to take what seems like to be the very opposite of senioritis and create a bucket list.  Each week I am going to do something different around Boise State, something that every graduating senior should partake in.

There has been so much to accomplish here in the past four years. At times it is overwhelming and can seem slightly impossible.  So between pulling all-nighters at the library, falling asleep in your roommate’s bed instead of yours and accidentally having one too many drinks at Suds, it is sometimes hard to keep up with all the simple stuff that a college campus can offer.

Follow me along on my pre-post-grad crisis as I embark on a journey to accomplish things that I think every Boise State grad should do before they flip their tassel and walk across the stage.

 

About the author  ⁄ Nicole Reither

Nicole Reither

Nicole Reither is the Online Editor of The Arbiter. A senior Communication student pursuing a Certificate of Public Relations, Reither is also the Boise State PRSSA's President. Follow her on twitter @nReither.