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The Future Can Be Scary

Cara Davis, C'22

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Welcome back Mounties! I hope everyone is surviving the weeks leading up to finals and isn't too stressed out? We are 20 days away from Graduation! For some, there is excitement for the summer, and others are terrified for the months following May 15th. I'm anxious and stressed about the future. Even though I am not dealing with the stress of graduating, there are still many stressors. It is a lot trying to find a summer internship, preparing for my senior year, and saying goodbye to my roommates who are graduating. The future is hard to predict and plan for, so how do we cope with this?

The last three weeks are always stressful as people are writing papers, preparing for final exams, and trying to get the grades they want. This semester especially feels the most exhausting without the spring break and all the pressures of junior year. I can still remember moving into Sheridan my freshman year like it was yesterday. And now I am three weeks away from finishing my junior year!

I was always told junior year was always the toughest, and it has felt like it. For juniors, this year it has been a different ball game. We are all swamped with work and still trying to be social within the limitations of the semester. For me, life after graduation is becoming more realistic, and I feel like I don't have enough time. The pandemic caused many to lose their jobs and many graduates have had to wait to enter the workforce. It has also made finding internships and jobs more competitive. Combine that with finals and graduating stress... how do we deal with all of this?

In past blogs, I have talked about relaxation/grounding techniques and the importance of sleep. But with the end of the semester, stress and too much work are hard to avoid. There is no longer room to push off work, so how do we still take care of ourselves? My biggest tip that I have found helpful is naps. If you are struggling with sleep and you have a moment to take a short nap, then take it. If you don't like naps then take a walk, sit outside and soak up the sun, or isolate yourself and take a breather without anything to bother you. It may not feel like there isn’t enough time, but if you don't take these moments you will burn out quickly.

For the future aspect, I'm still trying to figure that part out. I have no magic method to help with the stressors of the future because the future is terrifying sometimes. Know that it is okay if everything doesn't work out the way you planned. You can't plan out your entire life and that is okay. You may not end up in the job that you thought you would. You may not end up in the location you planned. That is just how life works out sometimes. Take the time to experience and enjoy wherever it takes you. It may sound cheesy, but you will end up where you are supposed to be. And the reality is that no one really knows what they are doing and we are all just trying to figure it out.

For my fellow juniors and underclassmen, we still have time. Don’t try to rush towards the future and enjoy this time while we still have it.

I will catch you next week Mounties! In your study breaks, take some time to catch up on all the posts from all the amazing bloggers we have.

Cara Davis, C'22