The CC Weekly Weigh In: We’re Scared of Stuff
For college seniors, the fear is setting in right about….. now. Finals are coming to an end, graduation is looming (or already happened), and with nothing else to do, you’ve got a lot of time on your hands to think. And wonder. And freak the f**k out.
I remember when I was finishing my senior year. I developed a paralyzing fear that would wake me up in the middle of the night (even after wine pong night when NOTHING should wake you up). For the first time in my life I had no idea what was coming next, where I’d be, what I’d be doing, or who I’d be doing it with. And if that isn’t enough to make you crap your pants, well, you’ve got nerves of steel.
Of course, now different things scare me. Like Guidos, my parents finding my “list,” and people with tracheotomy holes (OMG I just Googled that for spell-checking purposes and nearly barfed), but thinking back to that point in my life still, to this day, gives me pangs of anxiety. Some CollegeCandy writers are at that point, so in an effort to get everyone thinking of something besides the bleak economy and leaving the best 4 years of their life behind, I asked everyone to share their biggest fears this week. And – BONUS! – I got some dedicated CollegeCandy readers to share too!
Ricki – University of Michigan: My biggest fear is spiders. I always have to check the ceilings before I go to bed, just in case.
Rachael – University of Miami: My biggest fears are losing people I love, truly being alone, failure (aka living in my home town forever). Oh, and snakes – I can’t stand snakes. *Shudder*
Andi – Drake University: Getting a paper cut on my eyeball, and having someone throw-up on me. [A CC reader! Submitted via Twitter]
Brittany – University of Saint Thomas: Rejection and hydroplaning.
Meg – University of Delaware: Getting divorced or something happening to my family. Family matters more than anything to me so anything that could happen to possibly affect them would be my biggest fear.
Sammie – Fordham: Sharks eating me. Not sharks in general, they seem pretty cool, but specifically sharks actively eating me. That would suck.
Emily – Central College: That I’ll end up alone forever. I seriously think being the crazy cat lady runs in my family. [Via Twitter.]
Kari – Florida State: I’m terrified that my recent nightmares will come true and I’ll wake up tomorrow to find that it’s the day of the LSAT and I still can’t figure out what the hell analytical reasoning questions are talking about.
Jackelyn – San Francisco State University: Besides never finding a gorgeous guitar-playing guy who will love me forever and unconditionally and put up with my crazy life?!!! That would have to be all bugs.
Sara C – Fordham: Don’t even laugh, but my biggest fear is vomit. I will literally cry and hyperventilate if someone barfs near me. My parents used to think I was “being a baby” about it, but it turns out it’s a real phobia (emetophobia) whose sufferers can even prevent themselves from getting sick. That probably explains why I’ve only “visited vom.com” three times in my whole life.
Brithny – Duke: At the rate I’m going, with college tuition and my tendencies to buy overpriced shoes and coffee, I’m afraid I’ll be spending my first ten years into adulthood in debt. Really looking forward to sleeping in a box.
Samantha – UCSB: That at some point the “what’s next?” will be death. Seriously, after a career, marriage, kids, kids’ kids…then what!?
Lauren – Saginaw Valley State University: I have this really horrible fear of construction paper. I hate touching it, but even seeing it makes my skin crawl like a meth addict’s. Sigh, I could never become a kindergarten teacher. [Another fabulous CC reader and Facebook fan!]
Alex – Lakehead University: Biggest fear = failure. Classic perfectionist. I wish I could get over it!
Sarabeth – University of Texas: My biggest fear is moving out to LA after I graduate, only to fail completely at film and have to move back to Texas.
Kelly – University of Iowa: Bad hair days. I will take a second shower if my bangs aren’t laying the right way.
Melanie – Northeastern University: My biggest fear? Bees. And belly revealing shirts making a comeback.
Kaitlyn – Middle Tennessee State University: I have a horrible fear of the dark. Not necessarily of the dark itself, but of what can lurk in the dark. It’s just the idea that you feel so totally alone and isolated in the little bubble of area you can see through in the dark, but past that there is always the possibility that something is creeping around and watching you…waiting to pounce. [Reader and loyal Facebook Fan.]
Nina – Michigan State University: That Glee will become less entertaining as the season goes on, if this week was any indication. Regardless, I will be sitting through every episode (for Finn’s sake, of course).
Cristina – Michigan State: Being called out on a mistake I made in front of a big group of people – board meetings, party, family dinners, etc. Don’t scold me when I’m rolling 0 deep, yo.