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The Struggles of Being A Rising Senior

Whenever you go up a class year, there is always a mix of emotions.  First-years leave the freshmen quad and start to move in the direction of their major.  Sophomores move into the ranks of the upperclassmen and begin to architect the rest of their college career.  Juniors, finally move into their final year and those tensions are the most high.  

The Last Moments

Everything that you do there is always a novelty attached to it.  The last time we fill out Fafsa.  The last time we eat Noodle Bar.  The last time we stare out the dusty window from our junior dorm.

Saying Goodbye To Friends Studying Abroad

Making the choice to befriend people in different class years is rewarding and make life dynamic.  However, it shortens your time together when graduation rolls around and they study abroad.  Much worse if they are gone for the whole year.

Seeing The People From Abroad Again

*tears* I missed you.    

The Return Offer Scare

Your junior summer internship in many fields is pivotal.  There is the expectation from others that the company you work for will extend a full-time offer.  While most graduating seniors will remind you that it’s not a big deal if you don’t get one, it’s always nice that you did.

Are You Writing A Thesis?

The brave seniors writings a thesis (and going for that honors degree, let’s be real) are under pressure too.  Many of them are working on the thesis during the summer, that prime time for internships.  Not to mention, watching the class before you crumble over the year was not the most encouraging.

You’re NOT Writing A Thesis?!

Yeah no.  I want to take classes here…and you know, smile every day?

Trying To Have That Perfect Schedule

For some people that means only easy classes.  For others could mean taking harder classes within your major or classes outside your major.  Then, there are people who are basing their schedule on how much sleep they want.

The Real World


The biggest fear is probably the looming real world in the quite near future. Everyone said we will be ready for it when by the time it comes.  Right?



Carina Corbin graduated from Amherst College in 2017 and started writing for Her Campus during her first year. She was a Computer Science and Asian Languages & Civilizations double major that still loves to learn languages, write short stories, eat great food and travel. She wrote for Her Campus Amherst for four years and was Campus Correspondent for 3.5 years. She enjoyed interviewing Campus Profiles and writing content that connected with the Amherst community.
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