With the last two weeks of classes upon us, there is one thing that seems to be looming on most people’s minds: graduation. Whether you’re graduating or your friends are graduating, you’re thinking about it. Chancesare you know at least one person who is a senior and who is wrapping up their college career.
You’ve probably had a couple of the “I can’t believe you’re leaving”or “I’m going to miss you” conversations. Someone has probably told you at least once to stop talking about the “G word.” If you’re anything like me, you’ve had slight panic attacks thinking about how much is going to change in the next couple of weeks.
Now, I’m not graduating, but I do know quite a few people who are. There are 14 seniors in my sorority that are graduating. My big sister, Steph (pictured), is one of those seniors. Another one of my best friends, Ian (pictured), is also graduating.
I think about them leaving and them not being here next year, and I start to get really sad. Steph is only going to be in Rochester but Ian is planning on movingacross the country to Colorado. I’ve told them I’m getting anxiety about them leaving. I’ve been taking steps to prevent pre-graduation depression, and I will share them with you in hopes to keep your spirits aswell.
1) Do your best not to think about it. Keep yourself busy and occupied. Do your schoolwork. After all, the last couple of weeks of the semester usually are the most stressful.
2) Don’t mark graduation on your calendars. It’s just a
written reminder that you will have to see every day until it passes.
3) Spend as much time with your friends as possible. This goes without saying, but you should get as much quality time in as you can.
4) Don’t remind each other that someone is leaving. When more than one person is talking about it, the conversation will be dragged on longer.
5) When you go someplace or do something with a graduating senior, keep in the back of your mind that this may be the last time you partake in that activity with your friend. But do NOT tell them it is the last time you guys will be eating Sub Shop together. Chances are, they probably already realize it, and they don’t want you to bring it up.
6) Plan visits for over the summer and next semester. Convince your friend that even if they have a real life job by Harbor Fest, they still need to come back to Oswego for the weekend.
7) Remember that it may be hard for you to watch your friends graduate, but remember that they are entering the real world, and the real world can be a scary place. It’s not going to be easy for them either.
8) Have as much fun as possible and do not dwell on the change.
Most of us have already gone through a high school graduation. We can deal with college graduation as well. People often say that you make your best friends in college. Just because you won’t be living in the same town as your friend doesn’t mean your friendship has to end. But growing up is scary, and change is imminent. Smile for now, because there are still three weeks left until graduation.