I remember freshman and sophomore year (when I was still lively and bright-eyed),  my friends and I made plans to go everywhere and do everything. Hiking, biking, swimming, sightseeing, and shopping and wandering New York and Boston together. Now? I still want to do those things. But the hard truths of junior and senior year: if you’re a junior, you’re going to be a senior, and if you’re a senior, you should have a plan. Plans are scary.

So! Although I think it’d be highly productive to just play and enjoy yourself, to sleep (I’ve been told I have developed panda-esque features…notably the bags under my eyes) and eat…If any of you reading this are going through this mood I call the “oh-my-gosh-what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life-I’m-so-screwed” that I go through at times, I suggest that you set aside some time to look up internships and/or shadowing experiences.

Make an appointment at the career center or workshop, work on your resume. Get in touch with your alumni network if possible (one of the pluses for going to a small college). Send an email, attach your resume and ask about opportunities. And then, sit back and wait. It’s like college applications all over again. Ahahah! Then once that’s out of mind, you may frolic and play as you like.

And before you all run off to Miami, New York or LA, I will say one thing that everyone else has already said…don’t leave your homework for the last minute. I’m writing down my list of homework as I write this, and I feel my eyes watering. Don’t do it guys…don’t do it.