Everyone wants to live the college lifestyle forever, right? Partying almost half the week, sitting through classes and skipping some, hanging out with your best friends whenever because they’re close by. You talk to family members about your upcoming graduation and they’re like, “Enjoy it while you can. It’ll be the best years of your life…and then it’s all downhill from there.”
A little dramatic, but I’ve heard that line way too much. I went through the typical college experience like many others – went away to one school, changed major, transferred to another school, changed major, graduated. I was lucky enough that when I transferred to SUNY Oswego, I was able to get my degree in 2.5 years instead of 3. It surprised me when I first realized that was possible after having changed my major from engineering to public relations.
I graduated in December, but still had the lease to my college house with four housemates until May. During my job searching period, I was traveling back and forth between Albany. Halfway through the semester I started a job in Syracuse — driving 45 minutes to work and doing the 9-5. Friday’s, however, were 7:30am-3:30pm, which meant even earlier mornings.
Thursday’s in Oswego just so happened to be my favorite night out – 50 cent beers at Old City Beer Hall and karaoke. Some of my friends drank Wednesday – Sunday, so having to say no for three out of the five nights was definitely a bummer. The perks, on the other hand, were having real money and relaxing during nights/weekends when my housemates were doing homework and studying for tests. For that reason, I also went without seeing them more often than I wanted to since I wasn’t home throughout the day. But Friday and Saturday nights were a blast because it was in those moments that it felt like I had never left.
It was definitely a strange experience for the six weeks that were left of our lease, but it was also amazing because besides apartment hunting, I lived a stress-free life and got to spend the last few weeks with the girls I had known for three years and lived with for two. It didn’t feel right being at home in Albany while my room in Oswego was empty. So if you have the chance to graduate college early, but stick around and get a job you really enjoy, then do it. That time is precious and you never understand how fast it goes until you’re walking the stage at graduation…