I’m graduating this December, but my biggest regret in college is never taking a gap semester from school. It feels cliché to say that college slips away quickly, but it really does. There’s a certain point as a senior where you feel old. Like really old. The sobering reality of working a nine-to-five for the next 30 years blindsides you with imminence, and three-year-old Snapchat memories make you long for time travel.
So — if you’re privileged enough to have a decent home situation — don’t waste a quarter of college attending UNC online.
I’m learning less in classes, partly due to distractions, partly because it’s just so easy to be burned out right now. Being engaged in classes is about as difficult as trying to sit through a virtual Rico Nasty concert. But lectures themselves aren’t worth the $24,000 annual cost of attendance ($52,000 for out-of-state students!). It’s what you can learn outside class in a normal semester — meeting people from different upbringings and different cultures, living independently, cooking on your own or getting lost in Phillips Hall on FDOC.
None of those major life lessons will happen next semester, even though UNC is trying to return students to campus yet again. Maybe it’ll last two weeks this time.
Even when school isn’t online — but especially when it is — it’s so easy for assignments and exams to consume you. Maybe you’re truly passionate about organic chemistry or medieval history, and you love it.