The Mid-College Crisis

We have all heard of the famous midlife crisis when people freak out about their life, suddenly unsure of what they are doing and panicked about what they still want to do. I don’t know if this is an actual term, but college students (even though we’re far from midlife) go through a similar thing – the dreaded mid-college crisis. This mid-college crises is very similar to the midlife crisis, so while it’s stressful and scary now, at least we’ll be prepared in another twenty years.

All of a sudden, we start to wonder if all the work that we have done is really worth it.

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I mean, yeah, I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on my major and all the work and internships associated with it, but do I love it? DO I?

We still have so much work to do ahead of us…

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Whether you’re beginning to think about graduate school applications and taking the GREs or finding a job that will make use of your degree, this is a stressful time.

… we realize college is nearing its end.

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Staying up until 3AM eating pizza? Forgetting to shower and wearing the same sweatpants for three days? None of these things are acceptable in the “real world.”

We worry that we’ve missed too many opportunities.

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Should I have gone to that party with that guy on my freshman floor? Should I have spent another weekend doing all the cliched things I was too cool to do instead of binge-watching Netflix? They say that college is “the best four years of your life,” so if you’re like me, you’re stressed that you may have missed out.

…And we worry about all the stresses that “adult life” will bring.

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How am I ever going to afford a car? Or a house? Or kids? How am I going to pay off my student loans? How did my parents make it look so easy? I just want to take a nap.

If this sounds like you, then you may be experiencing a mid-college crisis! Take a deep breath. It’s normal. It’s okay. Take interesting classes, do all the fun things you still want to do, hang out with your friends, get outside, and take care of things a little bit at a time. You got this – I believe in you!

 

-Elena

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