Nothing can strike fear into a second semester senior's heart quite like the g-word (graduation, duh) can. We're sorry, class of 2015ers, but you're almost out of time to fulfill that senior year bucket list. Soon you'll be dancing to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance."
If you're freaked out by all this, don't stress. We get it. We went through it all once upon a time, too. It's perfectly understandable to be absolutely TERRIFIED of the g-word. Here's why:
Everyone else is also terrified
Rest assured that your peers are freaking out about the future just as much as you are. Everyone acts all chill and nonchalant, but on the inside, panic mode is in full force. Even if you're excited to graduate and move onto something bigger and better, everyone feels at least a teensy bit nervous for what comes next.
There's a ton of pressure resting on your shoulders
If you're a high school senior, college means a fresh start. That's exciting, sure, but it's also pretty stressful -- what if your future college friends aren't into the same stuff you're into? If you're a college senior, there's that whole find-a-job or get-into-grad-school struggle.
Even if you've got your postgrad plans lined up, you need to think about where you're gonna live and who with. Or, ya know, how you're gonna pay for the shelter you don't yet have with the money from the paycheck you haven't yet received.
Being an adult looks HARD
Whether it's doing your laundry or signing a lease, adulting seems like a soul-crushing blow to your twentysomething ~free spirit~. But don't worry! Even once you're a business casual-wearing grownup who files your own taxes, your inner wild child will live on.
Saying goodbye is rough
High schoolers, bidding farewell to your family, childhood friends and hometown isn't easy. Instead of being sad, think about all the new people who are about to come into your life. And it's not goodbye forever! Before you know it, you'll be back for Thanksgiving break.
College seniors, you're probably feeling insanely nostalgic for your freshman days, back when you didn't have a care in the world. It's OK to miss the past and feel sentimental, but now it's time to move on and make even more awesome memories.
You're leaving your comfort zone
When you've gone to the same school and had the same group of friends for several years, you fall into a comfortable rhythm. Leaving that is scary, but if you always play it safe, you'll miss out on some awesome opportunities.
You don't know what to do now that you don't have to study
This one's for the college kids. Unless you took a gap year or are heading to grad school, graduation means the end of an era for you. Soon there will be no more textbooks, exams or assignments to hold you back. Your spare time won't be marred by a "I should really be studying instead of Tumblring" cloud hanging over your head.
Not needing to study 24/7 is probably the most awesome part of being out of school. But what do you do now? Do you even have any hobbies? Where does one find a hobby, anyway? You were so busy studying for the past 16 or so years that hobbies kinda fell to the wayside.
You know you're going to fail
You're not a naive graduate. You know life can't always be butterflies and rainbows all the time. Someday -- maybe next week, next month, next year -- you're going to fail. In college and high school, there's a cushion. You can use the excuse that you're still young, still learning. But in the real world, the consequences feel so much harsher. You're on your own when you mess up now, and that's terrifying.
You have no clue what comes next
Uncertainty is a bitch. Even if you got into your dream school, you have no idea what it's gonna be like to actually go there. And even if you were lucky enough to land a job straight out of college, you don't know how the transition from college to the real world is gonna go down. You can't predict how Future You is going to feel.
But that's the beauty in all this, right? You don't know. And you'll never know unless you give it a try and find out!