Everyone always talks about the “Freshman 50”, the “sophomore slump”, and Senioritis, but what about that 3rd year? I am officially naming it the “Junior Jolt”. For me and many of my classmates, this is the time we realize that the safety net of college is almost gone and that it is time to move into the real world. Not only are graduate school and job applications approaching, but also the scary notion that we have to figure out what we want to do with the rest of our lives.
Even though I know I want to apply to veterinary school and become a veterinarian, this time is still stressful and eye-opening. Between making sure that I have all the necessary required courses for each school, trying to prepare for the GRE, and supplementing my resume with more experiences, there is little time to sit back and think about any other aspect of the future. The only thing getting me through this time is knowing how much my hard work will pay off in the end.
However, to all juniors, just remember that you are not the only one feeling this way. All of us are scared of the relative uncertainty that graduation brings. And if you are one of the lucky ones and you somehow have managed to avoid the Junior Jolt, then congratulations to you! I am setting a goal for myself, to keep things in perspective (and prevent me from going completely insane), to set aside a little bit of time each day just to sit and do something that takes my mind off of school and the future. If you are feeling a similar way, I urge you to do the same and remember that no matter what happens, it will all turn out okay!