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

So, commencement is May 18th. That’s less than 50 days from now. Everytime, I think about it my stomach drops. Feelings of impending doom come over me and my mind starts to race. My audible reaction to someone bringing up graduation is, “Aaah!” What comes next? For 22 years, after every summer used to come more school. But, not this time.

The thing is, God, I love college. Coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown as a 2020 high school senior, I never thought I would get a normal social life or excel in extracurricular activities and clubs. But, the reality is I did. I got it all and I am so sad to say goodbye. I have so many great friends that I have made amazing memories with. I have taken advantage of every opportunity given to me and as long as I go into the world with the same attitude I think I will be okay. I just have to relieve the anxiety that comes with the inevitable passing of time. 

Graduation anxiety is real. Graduation is the moment you are considered a real life person, expected to have a job and a life. It’s so overwhelming with the constant pressures of society– the relentless questions from family friends, “what’s your plan after school?” and the non-stop comparison from seeing peer’s Linkedin post accomplishments.

However, after chatting with two women with over 30 years of experience in journalism, they have both said something I was honestly surprised about. They shared that it was okay to take this summer to relax and keep applying and staying in contact with people in the field. We have the rest of our lives to work. Another eye opening moment is that in the majority of people, no one knows what they want to do and most people don’t have everything figured out. People just jump to jobs where they can or what they feel like at the moment.

The reality is we do not need to have everything figured out. It’s okay to go home if you have the privilege to or if you put in the work and find a job right out of college, great. But, personally, I need to stop putting so much stress and pressure on myself. I have connections with people in the industry I want to work in and I’ll keep applying to jobs, but I won’t let it consume me. 

I have to take advantage of the next two months left in college and have fun because it will soon just become distant memories. I have to soak up the late night laughs at the sisterhood sorority events, campus gossip at the newspaper meeting, and nights out with the only responsibility being the possibility of class in the morning. 

Graduation is near, but I have the rest of my life to be anxious about the unknown future. So, might as well be where my feet are and enjoy the last couple weeks left of youth and university.

Angelica is so excited to be the leader of this chapter as Campus Correspondent at Her Campus at Manhattan! Originally from the Jersey Shore, Angelica is a senior at Manhattan College studying communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in French. Angelica is also Features Editor of the campus newspaper The Quadrangle, Fashion and Beauty Editor of Lotus Magazine, and Secretary of Alpha Pi Phi Sorority. She currently interns at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the Brand and Customer Partnerships Department. You can hear Angelica hosting Soundtrack Sunshine, as she DJ’s for Manhattan College’s radio station WRCM. When she finds the time to breathe she likes to go for walks in Van Cortland Park, hang out at An Beal with friends, and watch her roomates dance at the basketball games. Angelica loves to write about anything from her deepest darkest feelings, trendiest clothes on sale, and hot button topics. She loves to share her experiences with all of you and hopes readers can take something from her insight. She encourages anyone with a story to tell to join Her Campus and take a chance on the best girl group in college! Happy reading :)