July 26, 2016

This is it. This the year that you’ve been long looking forward to, your last year in college. For most, this is the last year that they’re ever going to spend in school. One last year of quizzes, assignments, projects, recitations, and exams. One last year, your final year — this is yours, make it yours.

There’s a lot of pressure being in your last year in college. Everyone expects you to reach the finish line on time, you’ve been working on that degree for years and they expect you deliver and deliver it on time. But sometimes you can’t, sometimes it will be too much and you will stumble, you will get left behind. And that’s okay as long as you know, in your heart that you will finish. Maybe not during the time you were expected to but you will get there and that’s what matters. You know better now.

You will be swamped with school work, with thesis mostly but also with your internships, seminars, and your remaining subjects. It will be difficult to juggle school, friends, and family. You are going to be forced to stay at home to finish a paper instead of attending your friend’s birthday party; you’re going to have to skip a Sunday out with your family because you have a presentation to prepare for; and you’re going to have to miss a lot more sleep than usual because there’s just not enough time to get everything done and get a decent amount of sleep. It will be too much, it will be difficult but it’s going to be worth it.

Your nights of frustration, days when you power through with zero sleep and 5 cups of coffee, and the social fun that you missed out on will be worth it when you finally get to go up on that stage and get your diploma. It’s the best feeling in the world because you have accomplished something, that no matter how long or how difficult, you made it. You’re standing, you’re whole, and still tired (because it’s that difficult to get back all those all nighters) and you did it. You bad wording did it.

Celebrate your victories: acing your thesis defense, delivering your report well, finishing a project on time, being able to answer a deadly recitation. Just about everything that seemed daunting before but you were able to conquer. Learn how to celebrate the things you were able to achieve, no matter how little because you deserve it. You worked hard for it, right?

Through the ten months that it would take for you to get that piece of paper, let go of all the worries and fear, and know in yourself that you can. Put all your energy in making the most out of your last year in school. Make it the best, make it memorable, make it legendary. Make memories that you will always be fond of looking back to. Take pictures to remember it by (but please don’t forget to live in the moment too), write about it if you could, make sure that you get to have the best time of your life.

I don’t want to make this any longer, and it’s basically just me telling you to let yourself have the best time of your life. You can do it, you know that? Don’t let the 10 feet tall amount of homework tell you otherwise.You got this. It’s your year, make it yours.

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