Also to those of you still in college, lostastirrup and
your struggles while in college are very valid and real.
A lot of people tell college students that it ("it" being life and the business thereof in general) only gets worse from there but don't listen to that Bull ....
Parts of life will always be busy and hard. But in college, you are trying to balance the organization of several different classes at once, time with family and friends and any of the issues that arise within these groups that are out of your control, maybe work part-time, be an equestrian, plan for the next semester, wonder what you're going to do your last semester and beyond.
I'm not too-long out of my last college degree and I HATE that so many people insinuate to college students that their lives aren't any harder than average and how bad the "real world" is going to be. Hindsight being 20/20, I can pinpoint times in college that were triggers for emotional distress because there was so much happening and I simply didn't have enough hands to deal with it and I had never been taught how to cope with that kind of anxiety.
Even though I work a full-time job now and have obligations to pets and still have other hobbies, I get to choose what I want to lay down. Obviously I can't lay down my job
Just the fact that we need money to survive can be a stressor sometimes. But if I find that cramming too many hobbies or outside work events into my schedule starts to weigh on me, I have learned how to step back from unnecessary obligations. I get to lay down some of the things that don't bring me joy in favor of the ones that do.
In college you don't often get that luxury - there truly is so much that needs to be done at once, consequences for not doing those things, and all kinds of requirements to finish your degree that you don't really get a choice between if you want the degree.
Anyway, I guess my point is, there are people who will try to invalidate what you're going through simply because you're a college student. Try to ignore those people! Love it or hate it, not every part of life is going to be like college and that can be a very good thing.