As the semester’s end draws near, we’re only concerned with two things:
1. Finals and papers with impending due dates.
2. Being jealous of everyone whose already home and wanting to go home as soon as possible.
In doing so, we forget the real reason we came to college. We forget why we’re studying so hard, or rather procrastinating so much, because we just want our finals to be done so we can go home.
But I urge you to remember that college only happens once. Life only happens once. In the words of Louise Carey, “Be happy. Live for today. And above all … make every moment count.” In the midst of your stress and packing, make time to enjoy the simple things in life. Take a study break to reminisce about your favorite freshman-year stories. Drink a glass of wine, even if it’s from a box of Franzia, and laugh until your stomach hurts. Dance like no one is watching. Follow the instructions of a YouTube video to give your roommate the perfect massage. Eat frosting out of a bowl. Play “never have I ever.” Carve your name into the kitchen table. Go to Denny’s at 1 AM.
College is only once. Life is only once. You should really make the most of it.