How to deal with the final year blues
Being a uni student is a glorious thing. For three (or more) years, university makes us feel like productive members of society and helps us move forward in our lives, while still allowing us to enjoy our youth and deal with very little adult responsibility.
But when your student years are drawing to a close and you’re faced with even the smallest semblance of life-defining decisions to make, the final year blues can hit hard. Like, contemplating an unnecessary honours degree hard.
But fear not, because there are ways to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with final year that will make it at least seem bearable, and even help you prepare for your inevitable future outside of uni life.
Research. Research. Research.
If you’re not ready to give up your student status just yet, post-grad degrees might be for you. If you’re thinking about getting a post-grad qualification but you’re not sure what careers your undergraduate degree qualifies you for, start your research now.
The worst part of being in your final year are all those “What the fuck am I going to do with my life!?” moments, so figuring out your options early will take some of that pressure off. Start now and it’ll help you make those big job application decisions after graduation.
Sometimes there’s no better way to deal with your problems than to run away from them. Seriously, as unconventional as this advice may be, giving yourself a big time out after years of the hard uni slog will give you the headspace you need to figure out your next step.
Whether you’re tossing up between more study, entering the workforce or even questioning whether the job you’ve been planning for is right for you, getting away from it all can help you get a new perspective. Travelling gives you so many life skills and experiences that are highly valued in the adult world, so you’re actually doing your future a favour too.
Get excited to finally adult
While there is an extremely long list of things that terrify the shit out of us about the grown-up world, there’s also loads of things that should get you excited to leave uni behind and start adulting. It’s the first time in your life you truly get to decide things for yourself, like where you live, what you do and where you work.
Even though things get a lot more serious after uni, the fun of being a student doesn’t have to end when you get a real job. In fact, not much has to change if you don’t want it too. The beauty of adulting is you get to decide all of this, and embark on this new, strange, scary journey that will open up so many incredible opportunities for future-you. Admit it, that’s kind of exciting.
Remember that you’re not alone
Whether it makes you feel better or not, everyone around you is either freaking out as much as you are or lying about not freaking out. Unless you have super prepared friends, no one really knows what the hell they’re doing, so take comfort in the fact that you’re not the only one dealing with the terrifying prospect of the future.
Relish in your last experiences as a uni student – take advantage of the free food, pub crawls, O-Week goodie bags and remind yourself there’s only so many exams left until it’s all over, and do your last year right. The end of uni isn’t the end of the world, and I’m 85 per cent sure there are bigger and better things to come.
Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys travelling, snacking, and not going to the gym.