Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Mid-College Crisis Strikes
The other day… I thought I was having a meltdown; I thought it was an isolated incident. But then I started talking to people and I figured out I wasn’t the first one to do it and I certainly won’t be the last. They dubbed it “the mid-college crisis.”
It truly makes sense, now that I know it exists. I’m in my second year of college, I’ll be transferring in the fall, and I feel like I’m truly starting to find my footing. So, right now would be the perfect time to start having a breakdown about the rest of my life, right?
I started doubting my major. Now, I know that journalism isn’t going to be the most secure career choice, but is there really a completely secure career choice, especially now? I started doubting the work I had put into the last year and a half. I started thinking maybe it wasn’t enough, maybe it wasn’t good enough, and maybe it wasn’t going to get me anywhere.
My peers accredited it to just being a mid-college crisis. My father accredited it to being in the house for four days when we had all those snow days. I do tend to over think...
But how normal is this mid-college crisis? Can I put the “blame” on the fact that I’m nevous about transferring? I think there is something to be said about the transitory nature of community colleges. I feel like I just got there and I’m still enrolled there, but I must constantly be considering the next step: preparing for my transfer to a university. I think that this semester, the pressure is on: I’m on track to graduate community college in early August and start at a university in late August. Where is the break?
I’m only halfway finished with being Editor of this great paper, but at the same time I’ve got to start thinking about and planning for the successor.
When does the transitioning stop, and is this something that is unique to community colleges? Have you experienced a mid-college crisis?