This week, I passed in my final plan of study to the undergraduate adviser. I plan to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in English this May. The only class I have yet to pass in order to call myself an alumni is Anatomy II. I hope I am up to the task.
As I was filling out the graduation papers, I felt a wave of sadness wash over me. I could not help thinking that I wish my past six years had been happier. The campus tour group leaders had told us to get involved and a love for college would blossom. But here I stand, a sixth year senior, not a part of any groups. It is not like I did not try. It ‘s just that nothing really stuck because no groups caught my heart. I refuse to stay involved with an extracurricular just for the sake of saying I am part of something. I did try hard to care about groups. I tried and went to meetings for the Environmental Club, the Boxing Club, Ball-room dancing, spinning classes, and even Business Frat events. This got me thinking, so here are three ways I maybe could have liked college more.
Get Involved Off-Campus
I should have applied for a Nurses’ Assistant job off-campus at a nursing home. Since I stopped living on campus this past year, I have been working at a nursing home and to help an older person gives me a feeling no group on campus could have provided. I wish I had not let go of the world outside of college that needs loving and kind help. The sense of purpose that comes with helping others in need is lovely and best found off-campus.
I wish I had been less of a people-pleaser. Now that I am almost done with college, I do not let rude people stay in my life. I see now that it is okay to ignore and stay away from those that get joy from my failures.
Don’t Expect Too Much
I wish I had not expected to meet someone new and great. The truth is that greatness between the ages of 18 and 22 is rare. A lot of these young adults are still unsure of how to treat others. College was my rough draft too on how to act. With graduation coming, I am eager to close the book on Undergrad- a time and place not to my liking, but maybe could have been better.