The Last Few Weeks of College As Told By Gilmore Girls

With only a few weeks (or days) until college graduation, you're on a rollercoaster of emotions. For the past four years, you’ve probably been riding the Stress Express exclusively, but now the full gamut of emotions is about to hit, faster than you can say when-was-that-essay-due. The next couple of weeks will call for tissues and, like a true Gilmore, lots of coffee. 

1. The first thing you feel, naturally, is joy. Pure, unadulterated joy. No more tests, group projects, or six-page papers with proper MLA citations. The all-night study sessions and eight a.m. classes are over, so what’s not to be happy about?

2. However, insufferable sadness kicks in when you realize that the friends you’ve made over the past four years will no longer be a part of your everyday life. You’ve grown a lot together in college, and the idea of taking on the real world without your best friends close by is almost unbearable. 

3. At this point you are confused as your emotions play a game of tug-of-war. Joy and sorrow are duking it out for the top spot, so one minute you’ll be happy dancing and the next drowning in a lake of your own tears. 

4. As much as you’d like to cut ties with stress after four years of anxiety and worry, you’re not done with it yet. You’ve still got finals to finish, and they’ll undoubtedly be the most difficult and important ones you’ll take in college. This is where the coffee part comes in. 

5. Just when you think you have everything under control, fear creeps up behind you. The future gives you a slap in the face and suddenly you’re wondering how you’ll navigate the real world when you can’t even make your own dentist appointments. 

6. After this mess of emotions though, you’ll eventually land at excitement. Graduation is a scary, joyful, bittersweet occasion, but ultimately an exciting one. You’ve put a lot of work into the last four years, and there’s nothing quite like the pride you’ll feel when that diploma is finally in your hands.