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The Secret Diary of An (Almost) Graduate

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Kennesaw chapter.

That’s right, folks. Grad season is upon us and this chapter of seniors’ lives is ending. Frankly, it is exciting, nerve-wracking, stressful, and a bittersweet. I already purchased my cap and gown and my graduation photoshoot is coming up quickly! My student-teaching internship is coming to a close and I am actually looking for jobs. Am I actually ready for this level of adulting? Absolutely not. Do I still need to get a job to be an active participant of society? Unfortunately, yes.

I have met so many amazing people and have made so many wonderful connections throughout my four years at Kennesaw State University. I have been a part of so many organizations and have been overwhelmed with gratitude. In my final entry as a writer for Her Campus, I would like to share some rules and tips for anyone who may need to hear them.

1. It is okay to mess up

I feel like it is so hard for some of us to grasp the concept of making mistakes. It’s okay, pookie! Somehow, we always end up making ourselves feel bad about these things when we wouldn’t DARE make someone else feel bad? Why should we not treat ourselves with the same kindness and grace we give others? It isn’t fair to us. Without mistakes, we cannot grow as leaders, individuals, and human beings. Embrace the wrongs, so you can celebrate the rights.

2. fake the confidence

Listen to me: Faking confidence is legit. I do not understand how it actually works, but I have been doing it for 4 years and it works EXTREMELY well. Once you start FAKING the confidence for a while, you actually end up BECOMING more confident. Start being what you want to be seen as and the rest will fall into place.

3. Don’t take things too seriously

We are young and foolish. Let the good times happen and find joy in the little things. Life is too short to worry about things we cannot control. Just be happy that you are getting the experiences that you deserve. This life that we are given cannot be taken for granted–spread the joy and keep it moving. Period.

4. Bloom where you are planted.

Comparison is the thief of joy. We look around and see all of our peers excelling and getting opportunities that we wish we could get. However, as a society, we have to stop looking around and start looking inward. None of us are on the same path as each other. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time for the right reasons. Everything and everyone has a purpose in this life. Don’t miss your chance to experience something beautiful because you were too busy looking somewhere else.