Shout out to all the 4th year College / University students for pulling through these last few semesters. Congratulations, you made it. The year is not over yet, and with more work, comes more stress and a lot more to think about before the year is finished.
4th year is an important year in your College experience, not the most important but it is definitely up there. I am going to be real with you, just because you’re in your final year as a student does not mean you should be neglecting your studies to hang out at frat parties. The occasional night out is okay, and probably well needed, but do not get carried away. The truth is, from the first day of classes to your day of graduation, there is no time to slack off. You are in your last year of College and sh** is about to get real, make the most of it and plan accordingly.
I have suffered major setbacks and many late nights throughout University and 3 years ago I probably would have laughed in your face if you told me I would be in my 4th year. If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to drop out, bruh I could pay my tuition, no problem. Despite what any adult will tell you, College is hard. Yes, a full time job is also stressful and a lot of work but once you clock out, you are done until the next day – typically with a full time job. In College when you go home all your work carries on with you and continues to pile up. Being in your 4th year is difficult and not only because of the course load, but a lot of extra stress is implemented on you to figure out your future. But do not let that discourage you.
In this post I am going to address common anxieties that arise in your 4th year, mostly from my own experience pushing through my last few semesters. This way, you do not have to feel like you are alone in all of this or if you are not in your 4th year just yet, then this will help get you prepared for what is to come and help you kill it in your final year.
Minimize your course load as much as possible:
You want to keep your grades up, and trying to confine all your subjects in one semester will only overwhelm you even more. I made this mistake this semester thinking that I will be able to graduate faster by doing so, but honestly it was not worth it. Luckily, I still managed to stay on top of my work and do well but I barely had time for myself. Going to school full time and working is especially difficult, so I recommend taking on what you can handle. Just because you’re in your 4th year, does not mean you need to graduate on time. Make your own schedule and do what works best for you.
Most deadlines to apply for graduation or further studies are due within the end of your first semester (This is based off of my school, make sure you check for updates and alerts at your own school!) Deadlines are another added anxiety to your 4th year because while you are finishing up assignments and studying for exams the last thing you want to be thinking about is your graduation photo form, but that does not mean you should neglect them until the due date. Schedule a meeting with your department manager at the beginning of the semester to discuss all the upcoming deadlines and opportunities available. This way you will know well in advance all your requirements to graduate.
“What are you doing next?”
This is probably the most stressful question any student will be asked in all their years of College. Want to hear a secret? “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer. Okay, you’re in your 4th year, yes, you should probably have a general idea of your future because you spent 4 years studying, but that does not mean you need to know exactly what you’re going to do after graduation. Do you know how many people change careers post-graduation? A lot. I do not know the exact number of people but trust me when I say it’s a lot. That being said, if somebody asks you this question and you do know, great! You’re doing better than most of us and I would love to hear your future plans because this is genuinely amazing news. But, if you are someone who freezes up when you hear this question, then instead of panicking, politely explain to the person that the 4 years you spent in College provided you with excellent learning experiences that you will be able to carry on with you forever. However, you’re still trying to find your muse.
So there you have it, 4th year College and University anxieties that will drive you crazy but make you miss being a student once you’re gone. These are not strictly limited to every student and are not all the anxieties you will acquire – everyone has a different experience. Congratulations people, you deserve recognition for making it this far, despite the fight it took to get here.
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