Three Things You’re Bound to Feel as a College Student

By: Marisa Borreggine

Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of Washington

FOMO

Even if you’ve never heard the acronym, you’ll definitely know the feeling. It stands for

“Fear of Missing Out”. For whatever reason, college seems to be the peak time for this

feeling. You come into freshman year excited to make new friends and have ‘the best

time of your life’, but ultimately it doesn’t pan out that way. You will have amazing

memories and make great friends, but you’ll also have to spend late nights studying,

hanging out in your dorm, not going out, etc. These nights are just as important—they’re

why you’re at college in the first place! All your friends might be going out to a party, all

excited to get dressed up and dance around, but if you have a midterm and know you

have to crunch the numbers, it can be really disheartening to stay in while they post

pictures of what a great time they had. In all honesty though, you’ll have tons of other

nights like they did before you graduate! Sometimes, even they will look at photos of you

hiking, partying, going out to dinner and feel FOMO as well. That’s part of

college—knowing when to buckle down and put your education first, and know that you

might miss out on a fun night, but in the end you’ve done what’s best for That’s part of

college—knowing when to buckle down and put your education first, and know that you

might miss out on a fun night, but in the end you’ve done what’s best for you.

Impostor Syndrome

This one’s a bit more specific. Usually you feel it once you graduate and have a job in

your field, but it’s likely you’ll feel this way from time to time as an undergrad. Impostor

Syndrome is when you’ve arrived at this place in your life, i.e. college, a job, a certain

age, and you don’t feel qualified to be doing whatever it is you’re doing! Personally, I

work as a research assistant part-time, and every time I receive an email about my

manuscript, or from a team of scientists that I’m a part of, I feel like there’s got to be

some mistake. When you look around and realize you and your friends are in your 20s,

and getting real jobs and thinking about your real futures, you can’t help but think, “I’m

an adult?”. But, yep, here you are, doing all the right things—you are indeed an adult!

Don’t let this feeling take over your professional or social life, let it humble you and

know that everyone around you is also faking it until they make it.

Senioritis

Okay, you definitely know this one. It’s the strongest your senior year of high school, you

feel like you don’t actually need to finish strong because you’ve already gotten into

college, so why does it matter? Summer is close, you just want to shirk your

responsibilities and hang out with your friends, forget about your worries, all that good

stuff. This might just be me, but I have this end-of- the-quarter- itis (or semester). Every

time week 10 finishes and I’m entering into finals week, I have so much free time I

already feel like I’m on break. I buy myself food, I sleep in, I work fewer hours, and then

I wake up the day before my final and realize what poor choices I’ve been making. Don’t

succumb! You’ll thank yourself if you do a little bit of studying every day and make it

out of one more quarter/semester alive.

 

Good luck!

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