Looked at my calendar this week and realized I only have about three weeks left on my lease to my apartment which is crazy to think about. I’m kind of excited to move back home but I know once I’m there I’ll miss living up here at Plymouth. The one thing I’m not looking forward to though is the cleaning spree I’ll need to do before I move out.
Living up here at school cleaning isn’t something I think about on a day to day basis, I’m not a slob and my apartment isn’t in awful shape but I know I have a lot of work to do before I can move out. I usually will have my girlfriend come up a few days before I move out and she’d help me clean (by help me I mean she would clean while I did homework or something). It was a pretty sweet gig but unfortunately this year she can’t take anytime off work so I’m on my own. I can think of a million things I’d rather do than clean my apartment, but I know I’ll eventually have to do it. Now the smart thing would be to chip away at it week by week so by the time finals week rolls around I’d be in really good shape… But I am not a smart man, I know I’ll procrastinate and wake up the day of my move and become a cleaning tornado. Damn, I didn’t even think about all the packing I’ll have to do too.
You know it’s the end of the semester when you get hit with an absolute swarm of papers without warning all at once. The majority of the semester has been pretty manageable, all my classes have had their work spread out so I haven’t gotten hit with too many things all at once.
But within the course of three days a monsoon has swept over my final senior semester. First, I get assigned a ten page paper in one of my classes, which didn’t seem too bad at first seeing as its due during finals week and I can chip away at it until then. Then I check the syllabus and we have to turn in a rough draft next week. So I’m thinking “damn alright I still got this, just have to be proactive.” Then two more final papers appear at my feet, and a third paper just for good measure. There’s only one explanation for this phenomenon, professors at Plymouth are part of some satanic cult that feeds of the misery and suffering of student. That’s gotta be it right?
So as the nice weather approaches and spring finally arrives I’ll be staring at my computer screen trying wondering where it all went wrong.
One of the things I’m most excited about graduating from Plymouth State is my graduation trip in June, I’m going to travel to Munich for nine days during the Euro Cup. This is one vacation I’m really excited for, I’ve never visited Europe before so it’s going to be a new experience.
The thing I’m most excited for about visiting Munich is getting to experience all of the great beer gardens in the city. I love really good craft beer and the German Helles Lager is by far my favorite kind. It’s going to be awesome to have beers like Augustiner and Paulaner on tap…. in a liter glass.. awesome. I even set up a private tour of the Weihenstephaner brewery in Bavaria. It’s the oldest operating brewery in the world and they make one of the best hefeweizen styles I’ve ever had, I usually have a keg of it on tap in my apartment but I’m sure it’s going to taste that much better at the brewery. It’ll also be cool to check out some of the castles in the region, some of them are absolutely mind-blowing.
As the last month of school drags on this trip is something that’s helped keep me motivated and on top of everything.
Since I’m in the homestretch of my undergraduate degree I’m starting to come to the realization about my future student loan payments. Over the past few years I have paid off a few of my student loans, but I still have a solid amount left on my tab. It’s crazy to see how much college cost me these past three years.
I’ll have a few months after I graduate until my student loan payments kick in, but I want to have a plan laid out with exactly how much I’ll have to pay monthly. Looking over my financial aid statements the amount is pretty daunting but it’s something I’ll just need to be proactive about going forward. I’ll basically have to be very conscientious about my spending which is obiously a lot easier said than done.
The overall cost of a college education here in American honestly just makes me really frustrated, other countries offer far more afordable college for their citizens but sadly that’s not something that American seems to be interested in. I think moving forward there really needs to be an honest and open discussion about reforming college tuition and fees to make it more afordable. Plymouth State cost be a decent amount of money being from Massachusetts, but I can’t even imagine what my student loans would look like if I went to a private school.