BY SAVANNAH RHEINHART, Editor-in-Chiefcollegeparents

It hit me the other day that in a few short months, I will not only be graduating, but hitting the big 2-3. While to many of you, it may not seem like such an important birthday, it’s causing me a bit of a “less than quarter life crisis”. Plus, if you know me at all, my birthday is a week long, nationwide celebration that will not be ignored. It just seems like such a big age, and not just because no one likes you when you’re twenty-three. It is the bridge between early twenties and mid-twenties. And to me, that means getting my act together.

Just the other day, I was told by someone very close to me (and in the kindest way possible) that the reason I’m single is because I’m “too wild”. While we can all agree that it’s not just the wildness that’s keeping the BAEs at bay, it had me thinking: Is it time to join a book club, be in bed by nine every night, and find a nice mediocre man to walk through life with?

Lord, I hope not.

Up to this point in my life, I feel like Rapunzel and keep “wonderin’ and wonderin’ and wonderin’” when my life will begin. While I love college and everything that comes along with it, it has always just seemed like a necessity to get me to where I really want to go. Where that is, I’m not so sure yet. Maybe it’s all the television I watch or my victory lap here on campus, but I’m getting bored. And yes, with graduation and a possible grown-up job, I’m sure some excitement will come. But, what if that excitement turns into a rut? Before I know it, I could be getting a promotion, buying a house, and getting married. I’m sure that’s great for lots of people, but it’s not what I want. At least not for a long, long time.

It’s common for people of college age to follow a certain “path”. Graduate, maybe Master ’s degree, get married, buy a house, have children. But who decides this? Why do we get looked down upon for taking a different path?

I’ve always been a little different and done things out of order or totally off the map, so most of my family and friends know what to expect. But others are not so lucky. I know lots of people that are expected to follow a “to-do list” instead of what they want to do, and the pressure won’t relent. However, the beauty that comes with the big 2-3, or whichever age, is that we can make these decisions on our own. It may be difficult, but the best things in life usually are.

Instead of going to medical school right away, or at all, travel Asia for a year or be an Au Pair in France or follow your favorite band across the country and shower only a few times a month. Life goes by so fast and it’s not worth it to follow a designated plan of mediocrity when there are so many things to experience. I mean, Rapunzel got Flynn Rider when she decided to change her life and if that’s a possibility, count me in.