26 minutes ago, I finished my last final. It wasn’t like my first year of college when I walked (or possibly even strutted) out with a giant grin and plopped down on the grass. I trudged out of the building, bid adieu to my horrendous 8 o’clock class, and returned my textbooks. There was no relief, satisfaction, or sense of achievement.
I just wanted to go home.
But before I leave, I’ll share a few (or a dozen) lessons learned this semester.
- Spending time by yourself can recharge you, but loneliness will drain you.
- Sometimes, your friends might be too busy to stop and check up on you so do it yourself.
- But don’t turn them away either.
- There’s such a thing as “soul sadness.”
- As often as you critique yourself, do you ever take the time to appreciate yourself?
- You can’t always be in control.
- Mourn the loss of magical mochas.
- Cancer is scary.
- Always take out your laptop when going through security at the airport or else the cranky TSA people will bark at you.
- I’m sure your mom loves you, but calling her three times in a single day while walking somewhere is excessive.
- Shout out to moms who we can always count on to pick up the phone.
- Respond to texts as soon as possible. In other words, it’s not cool to ignore your phone for days at a time.
- When someone asks “how are you?” it’s okay to say more than “fine,” but don’t consider it an impromptu therapy session.
- Crying isn’t a sign of weakness.
- It gets better.