Ah, back to school time...a cherished time of yearly youthful milestones!
We all do the same things to prepare: pick clothes sure to impress, do our hair just so, immaculately arrange out backpacks filled with fresh, new supplies, and go in with a can-do attitude that says "This is going to be my year!"
At least, that's how it is when you're a freshman. Senior year? Not so much. Senior year is when you roll out of bed ten minutes before class starts, makes sure our pajamas don't give off an odor and stumble out the door, still sleepy whether we got a full eight hours the night before or not.
I will never forget walking to class my first day of college looking like a creative-directed J. Crew catalog spread, wondering why the older students looked almost homeless. By senior year, I understood that so well that I chuckled to myself every time I saw an immaculately dressed freshman rushing to class.
Anyway, these marked contrasts have been on lots of people's minds recently, as Twitter users shared their own compare/contrasts between freshman and senior years--with some hilarious results:
Freshman year vs. Senior year https://t.co/Fjzva5sPEw— Zac Pacleb (@Zac Pacleb) 1535353003.0
How to spot a college freshman vs a senior: Freshmen don’t look like they just rolled out of bed and came to class. A senior does.— kelbs➵ (@kelbs➵) 1535384567.0
@kelbygreene @AcerbicAcademic First years have their hair and makeup done every day. Fourth years are like “I hav… https://t.co/3haPasrlj1— Catherine Fillo (@Catherine Fillo) 1535517966.0
Day before classes start, freshman year: I need to have 8 folders and 5 different pencils and 2 pens and every sing… https://t.co/RBLHKdnIKS— Ryan (@Ryan) 1535298481.0
me preparing for senior year of high school: color-coded notebooks for each class, 85 pens and pencils, highlighter… https://t.co/XccG3FqkGk— sarah 😇 (@sarah 😇) 1535335046.0
Freshman year: prints schedule, finds classes a week in advance, and puts on a new outfit for their first day Sen… https://t.co/C2Ol3POFZs— Charlotte M. Hudnall (@Charlotte M. Hudnall) 1535460710.0
Some saw the transition as one of personal growth:
Freshman year vs. Senior year https://t.co/4HmnStWaHI— 🌼jamjam🌼BLOOM BLOOM (@🌼jamjam🌼BLOOM BLOOM) 1535398386.0
freshman year —-> senior year https://t.co/GDgbp3KOid— reagab (@reagab) 1535335171.0
But others couldn't help but take a darker view...
Freshman year vs senior year https://t.co/JszTQVAgxX— j (@j) 1535245704.0
@kelbygreene Lol SOPHOMORES look like they rolled out of bed. Seniors look like they rolled out of their grave— WoollyOne 🐏 (@WoollyOne 🐏) 1535492528.0
@studentsstrikes freshman: 0 friends sohpomore: 0 friends junior: 0 friends senior: 0 friends— tor (@tor) 1535489641.0
Some even saw their parents go through a freshman-to-senior transition!
But one thing is for sure: no matter what view you take, it all goes by in the blink of an eye.
College moves so fast. One second you're a freshman doing kegstands and the next thing you know, it's your senior… https://t.co/UMhLQylFs3— Siebs (@Siebs) 1535057920.0
Cherish these years while they last!