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I am a 24 year old college graduate. I felt the same way when I first started college. Of course, I also had this extreme need to learn (the geek in me ;)), so my desire to be involved in the "in" college activities was tempered by this. Also, at this time, I was experiencing depression (a carryover from highschool), so I didn't feel like being very social *sigh*. Into my freshmen year in college, I was placed on Prozac. I started to feel better. I felt less anxious and depressed, and much more social. It was at this time that I started to date a little bit. During my sophomore year in college, I started to go to clubs/bars. It was fun. I love to dance, so that aspect of the club/bar setting appealed to me immediately :). I would have to say that, despite this, I was still pretty low-key. I'm naturally a little quieter, so I wasn't out there drinking heavily or anything like that. I just wanted to get to know people...and have a little fun :). Though my kind of fun was a little less lively than someone else's kind of fun may have been, I was fairly happy. Not everyone enjoys the loud, drunk, college life that is touted on T.V. and in the media, in general. Everyone is different. Why be like everyone else...it's so overrated ;).

After graduating with my B.A., I entered into the Teacher Credentialing Program. After finishing my first semester in this program, I decided to take some time off from it. I started to wonder whether I was in the program to please someone else or to make myself happy. I found it was a little of both, so I told the people involved that I needed a break from it to "find myself", and I started to look for a job. I have had a few temporary jobs since this time, but I'm still looking for career-oriented employment. After a few months of looking, I think I may finally have something...not sure, though.

Anyway, what I want to say is that I think that I have learned more about myself during this time than I did while I was in college. I think that I have matured much more because I broke from others' expectations of me...and disappointed a few people along the way. College certainly isn't the only place where you can break away from others, and have your own slice of freedom. Having said this, I certainly don't advocate dropping out of college. It was a great place for me for a while. All that I'm trying to say is that you have the opportunity to be/do what you want at any time that you choose. You just have to decide what you want from life and grab onto it. Don't let others tell you what you should want. You have to decide. Do you want to be a party animal, or do you want something completely different?

I must add one more thing: you can still have fun after college :). For example, I still go to clubs, bars, sporting events, etc. My goals are differnt than they were in college, but I still manage to fit fun into the equation.

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