The College Years

Christina Brooks on Thursday, 07 February 2013. Posted in Life After RIT, Student Life

We've all heard that college is "the best 4 years of our lives." Movies, TV, books, everything tells us that college is the best 4 years we'll ever have in our lives and enjoy it. And I'm not going to lie, college is awesome. Having minimal real-life responsibilities, more free time than highschool, that feeling of independance being away from home, and still having your parents financially support you really do help you have an amazing college experience. 

But is college really the BEST 4 years we'll ever have?

Now I don't want you all to think I don't like school. I absolutely love RIT and the whole college experience, and like to think that I'm taking full advange of RIT. But should college really be the best 4 years we ever live? College gives so many incredible opportunities and is really a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, while we feel independent and like adults in college, we really aren't to some extent. For example, we are away from home, giving us the feeling of independence, however most students here are still financially dependant on their parents. Yes, there are jobs, but these jobs aren't enough to pay for college, which is where our financial dependance comes in. And while yes, we are of adult age (as I like to remind my parents that I'm "mature"), we still don't have too many "real-life" responsibilities.  These are some of the reasons why I believe we shouldn't focus on college being the best 4 years and thinking our life is going downhill after college.

Instead of focusing on college being the best time of our life, we should focus on making the most of our college experience and taking full advange of RIT.Life isn't downhill after college, it's tons of real-life experiences that will help shape us. College is only 4 years (5 for you engineers), but life after college is 20+ years! Life after college is where we become the adults that the past 4 years has helped shaped us to be, where we'll have true independance, and make a stamp in the world. 

Now as a junior, thinking about graduating is scary and I'm definately not ready. But I know life after college will be a whole new adventure where I can impliment everything I've learned in college and about myself into the "real-world." College is awesome, and I'm loving every minute of it, but I know when the time comes for me to graduate, that RIT will have me ready to start a new adventure after college.

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