Yesterday, while scrolling through quotes to put as an Instagram caption for my birthday post, I paused for a second to think about what a whirlwind my week has been.
Honestly, there’s a Tyra Banks gif for any occasion. (1)
Since the beginning of the week, I stumbled into adulthood in more than one way. I hesitate to say it, but as I sit here I feel like in five days I’ve grown up more than I did all summer.
I went to my first career fair, the 2016 Ohio State Engineering Expo, at the beginning of the week. But so did my TAs, my peers, and pretty much everyone and their brothers. You could tell who the engineers were this week—they were the ones wearing business casual and crying into their padfolios.
“Adulthood is just trying to convince everyone else you know what you’re doing” ~My sister (2)
Needless to say, for a freshman with little experience both technically and professionally, walking in was overwhelming. It made it jarringly real that only four years stand between me and the professional world, and the adage, “You’ll have some time to figure it out,” that parents and aunts and uncles all spew out now has a ticking time limit.
I also had my first midterm this week: a six-question calculus test worth 100 points. I have to say, college midterms are not unlike high school tests, but I still feel like I took a big step. The hours I spent studying for the test should justify that feeling.
So the sprinkles on top of the week was that I actually
became and adult yesterday. My roommates made all the jokes about ending my tenure as a dancing queen and going off to buy dry ice and lottery tickets. Eighteen is a milestone birthday, and while I don’t necessarily feel different about being an adult, I feel like this week has pushed me to do so many adult things, I might as well learn how to do taxes or memorize the bus system or something otherwise adulty.