“College is the best time of your life.” As a 21-year-old girl, I could not tell you how many times I’ve heard this statement but how it is the most inaccurate statement I have ever heard.
By saying it’s the best time of your life, it’s implying that you have things figured out or that you have the most joy you will have in life. If I was to describe the best time of my life, I would say it would be a time filled with love and laughter, adventure, no stress, and finding out who you are. And that is not college for me. I don’t have money or time for adventure and I have too much stress to laugh (partially kidding mom). However, in college, you do find out who you are- through heartbreak, failure and learning from your mistakes.
It is the best time of your life to grow but not necessarily your best memories- because it doesn’t end here.
In college you fail, you fall and you heal. But you get up and get in the car and start your life and THAT is why it is an important time in your life regardless of the pain because it is only the beginning of the rest of your life.
College is not the time to have your life figured out, it’s the time to get a D on a test because you had Frat Flu and spent all night crying over a boy who in 10 years you won’t remember his name. But you also had a great talk with your mom on the phone for two hours, your best friend made you laugh till you stopped crying, and you learned that there are many fish in the sea but you actually don’t have time to go fishing- you are too busy loving yourself and enjoying every second of being alive.
So no, this is not the best time of your life, it is the beginning of your life.
Another statement I do agree with and everyone should be asking themselves instead: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”