Junior Year Crisis

Junior year causes stress in all aspects of a person’s life. Classes are significantly harder than they were last year, clubs start to demand even more of your time, internships become a priority, and some of your friends aren’t around because they are studying abroad half way around the world. Juniors everywhere question where their college years went because it begins to feel as if graduation is right around the corner. All of a sudden you’re the one running meetings and mentoring people, even though you still need a mentor yourself. This kind of pressure cannot go unresolved, and it generally causes people to freak out over what they are doing with their lives. The pressure to be perfect and have it all together is common among all college students, but particularly at a college like BC.

Amidst all of this stress, it is easy to forget that we still have so much time left. There’s a reason college lasts four years; no one is expecting you to have everything figured! Think about how much you have grown throughout freshman and sophomore year. There is still time to grow. Juniors still have over a year and a half left at BC. So much can happen during that time, and the things that are worrying you now might not even be relevant a year from now, much less at graduation.

For anyone who is worried about the future, that’s OK! We all get anxious about things that are uncertain or out of control, but the best way to deal with this is to make the most of the present. The worst thing you can do is to look back on your college years and have regrets about things you wish you did or people you wish you talked to. Live each day to it’s fullest. It is easy to get caught up in the monotony of the school week, but try to do something that makes each day memorable. If there is something that you have always wanted to do, now’s the time! Join a club, sign up for that intramural, strike up a conversation with that incredibly interesting guy in your class.

The most important thing to remember is that while it may seem as if everyone is expecting the world from you, the only expectations you have to live up to are your own. Make what can be this ambiguous time in your life a period of caring for yourself. Don’t do something only because you think it will impress other people, because if that is your only reason, you will only be left very unhappy. Think about what makes you happy and turn your focus to that. You only have one college experience, make it yours!

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