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The Final Countdown: Realities of a Graduating Senior

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Mass Amherst chapter.

Well Collegiettes, it’s terrifying to say but the time has finally come and it’s our turn to graduate from our ever so perfect “fake life” we have here at UMass. The final countdown has begun, as much as we hate to admit it, and the realities of being a graduating senior will soon begin to sink in. There are a lot of mixed emotions I’m sure we’re all feeling at this point while our college careers are coming to a close. Doesn’t it seem like yesterday we were picking up our caps and gowns for our high school graduation? Where did the time go? Guess the saying really does ring true that time flies when you’re having fun and we definitely have countless stories and pictures to prove that. It seems like every email we receive from the university makes our hearts skip a beat. Ok, well maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but here are some realities of a graduating senior that are all too real.

The Minor Panic Attack

We never really thought this day would come, and now that it has we all have certainly had our days of panic. Where will we find a job? Where will we live? How far will I be from my friends and family? The questions seem never ending and sometimes impossible to get an answer right away. Don’t worry, Collegiettes, everything will fall into place and in the grand scheme of things. Friends and family will be there for us, so next time you have that wave of panic, just remind yourself of that!


There’s nothing better than sitting around talking and laughing with your friends about all the silly and embarrassing times you’ve spent together throughout your four years at UMass. There were good times, bad times, stressful times, and of course times I’m sure you don’t remember until your friends fill you in. It’s a sad reality to know we won’t be able to pretend to be American Idols on a Tuesday night at Stackers or sing along with the Guitar Dudes on Wednesday and drink a few too many beerz…because we will have work in the morning. We won’t be able to sleep through that 8AM class we dread. Walking to class starts to take on a new meaning and we start to remember why we love UMass so much. Everything you do seems to be “your last time” and those essays and homework assignments will never haunt you again (unless you go to grad school).

Going Out Too Much

Too much isn’t ever a bad thing, right? Well, not when you have less than a month of school left and all you want to do is hang out and party with your best friends. School seems to become less important to seniors. Who knows where everyone will be living next year so yeah, we will go out Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and maybe Sunday if we aren’t too tired. Cheers!

Sadness Sinks In

Alright, we’ve had our fun, we’ve spent hours fixing up and sending out our resume, and it’s finally time for graduation and the next chapter of our lives. It’s a bittersweet day that you can’t really prepare for.


Hats off to us Class of 2014, it’s time to celebrate and take a moment to forget about the stresses and sadness of graduating. Forget what we will be doing in the months to come. It’s time to raise our glass to all that hard work and countless hours spent studying and writing papers and doing group projects, etc. That’s all over now and reality will sink in tomorrow, but for now, it’s a celebration! Best of luck to the graduates in whatever you are setting out to do and cheers to the next chapters of our lives! Thanks for all the amazing memories, UMass.

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Elana Jacobson

U Mass Amherst

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