For many students, graduating college is one of the best days of your life. You feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that your many years of schooling is finally coming to an end and you did it. YOU DID IT. The late nights of studying, stressing about finals and eating a dangerous amount of Ramen noodles inevitably ends and then you’re suddenly faced with a feeling of urgency…What’s next?

For me, I spent my last few months of college in limbo. Time was of the essence and I wanted to make sure I was taking advantage of it all. Throughout our adolescent years we are given structure and always know what is next, then for the first time, we are faced with nothing but our own decisions. It was up to me to decide the next steps of my future. My hope through writing this is that someone somewhere, that is second guessing every action they make leading up to graduation, can find my words of advice helpful.

Take A Deep Breath

During moments of doubt or the given busy lives of a college student, don’t forget to take time to breathe! It’s so important to take time for yourself and just take a step back. It may sound cliché, but I practice this a lot and it works. Take 30 seconds and breathe. This will help you clear your mind and can truly help you grow, create, and take on those dreaded college tests.

Take Advantage

Even though school is wrapping up, don’t forget to have fun. Go to that sorority formal, go on that last-minute trip with your friends, buy that overpriced latte at the local coffee shop near campus. Enjoy these moments! They come and go so fast.

 Get To Know Your Professors

There’s no secret that professors are where they are today because they did something right, so listen and learn as much as you can. I promise you won’t regret it. They have many great stories to share and experiences; so, don’t be afraid to go to office hours and pick their brains. Take that extra step and build quality relationships with your professors because you never know when they will come in handy.

Take Your Time

Approaching graduation is overwhelming, exciting and scary all at the same time. You finally get to apply for the job of your dreams and move to a new town or back to your hometown. Whichever it may be, take your time. Being that you have such big decisions in the palms of your hands, it can be easy to rush the process. Don’t rush into anything.  Like someone once told me, “Everyone has a different clock, wait for your time.”

Looking back, college was some of the best years of my life. I learned so much about myself and grew into the person I am today. Never let the stress of not knowing what’s next get to you. I am so extremely thankful that I took my time and made the right turns because it led me to where I am today. Live in the moment, take it all in, and know that everything will work out.

~Summer Vieites