As I reflect on my time at Rockhurst (which will take me more than one post), I thought I would start with a few things I will miss about being a college student, and a few things I will NOT miss:
5 Things I will NOT miss about college:
1. Late homework nights. Like last night. And the night before.
2. People asking…“Oh, English major…what are you going to do with that?” Because hopefully post-graduation I will be doing things, and shocking the world with my ability to thrive even with an English degree (hopefully).
3. The occasional freak out about what I’m going to do with my life. Here is how this usually works: realization that I probably will not have a “normal job” after college…frantic research into the possibility of being an art librarian or some such obscure profession…realization that this is absurd…resign myself to being a YMCA lifeguard for the rest of my days…hit upon the idea of being a fortune cookie writer…back to Google…the cycle continues…
4. The absolute lack of babies, pets, and all other signs that I am still connected to a real world, and not some strange version of Munchkinland in which no one is ever older than 22 unless they are standing at the front of a classroom. As utopian as it is most days to live around college students, during finals week I would like to see humans who are enjoying their existence, rather than zombies surviving on coffee and whatever free food they can scavenge.
5. THE GOODBYES. Whether it is the end of the year goodbyes, saying goodbye to each dorm room or house I have lived in, or the looming Big Goodbye, saying farewell really is awful.
5 Things I WILL miss about college:
1. All of the things I said I wouldn’t miss. Because let’s be honest, on an average day we all thrive on the late nights, the uncertainty of our futures, the college community, and the knowledge that we have formed good enough relationships to miss each other someday.
2. College clothing. The day is fast approaching when I need to pass down most of my Alpha Sigma Alpha shirts, and when I can no longer wake up and decide it will be a sweatpants day. In a few months, sweatpants days will make me look like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0Hbu4Z4pGI
3. Cafeteria breakfast. There is nothing in this world that is equivalent to the hash browns in our cafeteria. On the day of Midnight Breakfast (a finals week treat brought to us by Student Senate), I literally ate nothing but fruits and vegetables up until Midnight Breakfast so I wouldn’t feel bad about eating as many hash browns as possible.
4. New classes. Okay, yes, I am a bit of a nerd, but I still get a thrill when I look at the lineup for a new semester and debate whether I want to take Americans in Paris or Endtime Prophets. As much as I hate the homework, I like learning new things, and it will be strange not to be a perpetually learning student.
5. MY FRIENDS. Obviously this is the big one. I cannot even let myself think about the day when I can’t walk down the street to hang out at Sam’s house, or enjoy a few late night cat meme’s with my roommate Liz. Leaving them will be harder than all the rest put together.
The winning combination of late night work and friends
My friend Kara just got a puppy now that she will be starting a normal life with a house and a nursing job, and you'd think none of us had ever seen a dog before from the way we react whenever she brings Maya to campus.
Roommates and friends came to see my art show last week...I will really miss these kids.