Sep 202010
Authors: Molly Ungerer

I’m not trying to be the total buzz kill for the day, but something has come to my attention.

I feel as if a lot of people have a hard time living in the now. It’s always waiting and wanting whatever is next to come, and of course I’ll admit that I’m guilty of this. I’m never settled. I get bored very easily, and I’m always anticipating the next task on the agenda.

We strive in great bounds toward the college doors in hopes of acquiring an education that will support us once we make it to the real world. All through high school our parents were rooting us on from the sidelines as we made the final stretch across the finish line.

Then it’s off to college for the fresh high school graduate. Their next goal has been set, whether they like it or not: graduate from college.

When it comes to the college factor, and you really think about it, in this day, who would ever want to graduate? Really.

I bet that a lot of you have this beautiful picture painted in your head of how it’s all going to be: an ideal life with all your closest friends, maybe living with the one person that you’re crazy about and working a full-time position at your dream job with your new, shiny college degree and inventive, young college-educated mind.

You’ll move somewhere maybe out of state into a house just like a grown-up and have your own car, maybe some pets, a sense of independence and nights without homework.

It may be a rude awakening for some, but there are some rocks ahead of your smooth sailing ship. I really hate confronting you all with this disturbance, but it runs through my mind at least six times a day, and I figured I might feel better about it if I could bring the rest of you down with me as I spill the cons out onto paper.

But I hope this also makes you appreciate being in college that much more. As Garth Algar once said (and I’m sure a lot of other people too), “Live in the now!”

The reality of it is that most of us will be bogged down with debt once we make it out of school. We can also look forward to things like struggling through break-ups, hopelessly searching for any job that will take us (whether it has anything to do with our degree or not), possibly moving back in with our parents when we can’t make ends meet, trying to get back on our feet when the bills really take a toll on us and, more than likely, watching some of our friends surpass us in the succeeding lane of this race.

My older brother once illustrated the real world for me, and I love him for being so honest even though it scared the bejesus out of me.

He described the transition as being pushed out into this “real world” and you stumble into the first few steps, and suddenly someone tosses you a handful of happenings and you’re expected to keep them all balanced just so. These happenings represent your finances, relationships, job, health, etc.

Once you finally get the hang of juggling these tasks, someone shows up to whip you in the calves, expecting you keep track of all that you have on your plate while marching in circles. It’s brutal but common nowadays for college graduates.

Now the point of this article was not to completely kill your day. I’m hoping that you leave the paper with the intention to truly indulge and take complete advantage of where you are in your life.

When you’re complaining about lack of sleep from staying up until 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday night to write some article about living in the now or grumbling about that monotonous professor who puts you to sleep then fails you when you don’t have the notes for the test, just try to remember that these are the days and they’re here, prepping you for the big kid world.

Molly Ungerer is a sophomore journalism major. Her column appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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