This summer I realized something pretty big, something Earth-shattering.
Ok, maybe it isn’t that big. But it still is rather important.
Contrary to popular belief, college life is not real life.
For the last 3 years, I have felt like a grown-up, like a real person with real life problems and situations. Actually, it’s not real at all. Most of the problems I see every day not things that happen in every day real life. For instance, people coming over and drinking all of our slushies (apparently not everyone has a slushie machine in their house), or not being able to put holes in my walls while I’m decorating my room (look out for a blog on my back to school crafting and decorating soon!). But most importantly, college distorts our perception of time.
Most semesters are about 16 weeks long, so our lives revolve around that singular time period. We worry about the test that is coming up next week, then once that passes we move onto the midterm the next week, and lastly the final that we cap off the semester with. Even with projects, everything has to be started, developed, and put into action within that 16 week time period, or else there isn’t a way to get graded for it. On the flip side, in the real world, 16 weeks is sometimes much less time than is allowed to complete projects (or in some cases…brainstorm them), which is kind of a problem when you have an internship that is only a few months long.
Personally, I can’t wait to get out into the real world to be able to look at life in a more long-term prospective, because right now my version of long-term is Thanksgiving. Past that, I don’t really think about things much, with the exception of my TBD post-grad plans of course….so on second thought….let’s stick with the college mentality. I’m totally fine with postponing the inevitable for as long as possible….