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Struggles of a College Junior, as Told by “Gilmore Girls”

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bryant chapter.

As you kiss your summer goodbye and prepare for your junior year of college, you realize that it’s time to get your life in order. Here is a list of struggles that arise your third year of college.

1. Thinking About Your Future


That’s right, it is finally time to really start considering what you’re going to do with your life. Internship? Job? Graduate school? Either way, those student loans aren’t going to pay themselves off.

2. Resume

The almighty resume. This resume is your life. This resume is the culmination of all you have done throughout your college career. This resume is your future. This resume is your internship/ job/ graduate school. It’s kind of a big deal, so it better be a good one!

3. Extracurricular Activities

Speaking of which, you need good extracurricular activities to put in said resume. This panic comes when you sit down to write your resume and realize, well, you sleep too much and don’t participate in enough activities at school. That means joining clubs galore. Oh you want to nap? Too bad, your 3rd club meeting of the day starts in 5.

4. Salvaging the GPA

What’s that saying? GPA is next to godliness? Something like that. Junior year is really the time to hit the books and fix that GPA that you maybe let slip your freshman and sophomore years. And yes, there may be times when you cry just thinking about it and all the work you’ll have to do.

5. You Stretch Yourself too Thin

With your heavy course load, club meetings, GPA boosting, and trying to maintain a semi-decent social life, you will often find there are not enough hours in the day. As a result, you feel the stress stacking up and, quite frankly, all you want to do is sleep the nightmare away.

6. Classes Get Harder


Did you think freshman and sophomore classes were hard? Well guess what, they’re about to get a whole lot harder. It’s almost sinister how much harder they get. And all you can do is sit there and nod your head like you know what the teacher is talking about when, in actuality, you don’t even know what your confused about to ask the teacher to clarify.

7. Bye Bye Social Life

Your life will pretty much be too consumed by internships, resumes, clubs, and studying to even think about having a social life.

8. What is Exercising?

Let’s face it, finding time to exercise is nearly impossible with all the things on your plate.

9. What is eating healthy?

It’s hard to find time to eat, let alone make a balanced meal. Whatever is in arms reach will suffice in the life of a junior.

10. Sleep deprivation

If you thought freshman or sophomore year was a rude awakening to your sleep schedule, just wait until this year.

11. Coffee = Lifeline

Even if you go into junior year a coffee hater, there is probably going to be a point when you turn to coffee for support. No shame in having multiple coffees per day!

In the end, we will all survive our junior years. Always keep your goals in mind and work hard each day to achieve them. And remember, this pain is temporary!