An open letter to rising juniors: take advantage of everything

Dear soon to be seniors,

It is almost time to walk across that stage! I bet that feels amazing, but do not get ahead of yourself there is still so much more that needs to be done. You got this far and have done such a great job, be proud of yourself.

Most people do not even get this far in college, so that in itself is an accomplishment to be proud of. As summer is approaching this is the time to reflect on all the work you’ve done thus far. There may be things you wished you did differently but all in all try to give yourself a positive outlook on things.

Around this time each year it is extremely easy to have a negative vibe because of how stressed you are. Do not let that vibe get the best of you. Looking back onto my last semester as a junior, I never thought the day would come that the stress would be over. At times I ignored my work, waited till the last minute to do something and maybe even finished with incomplete assignments.

That is not the way to finished your junior year. As the school year comes to an end this is the time to push through and give it your all. The classes that you are taking now set you up for senior year and could determine how well you’re going to do in your senior classes. With it being your last classes as an undergrad or last classes forever, be determined to finish the way you know you can.

As a senior, you will be looked up to by so many underclassman. No matter the grade or age, if you’re a senior those underclassman aspire to be where you are today. Be a role-model for these students. Their ultimate goal is to thrive and know as much knowledge about their major as you do.

Not everyone gets the chance to be a role-model, take advantage of that. As you try to find a way leave your mark on this school why not try to leave a mark on those who admire you? Whether you think these students admire you or not, the truth is underclassman will look up to you regardless if they know it or not.

In the end, you want to leave college with absolutely no regrets. Whatever dreams or plans that you wanted to accomplish while at school, do it. You still have time and there’s nothing wrong with switching up for schedule for your final year. Whether you join a club, study abroad, or even add a minor if it is your plan or dream, fulfill it. Go into your last year with no regrets and I’ll bet it’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.


A girl who has regrets

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