Former architecture student Eleni Mitzali decided to take a selfie every day for the 42 days leading up to her college graduation, and just looking at the pics might give you bags under your eyes. Mitzali, who now works as an assistant editor for The Tab, can look back on those college days and remember getting four hours of sleep every other night, collapsing on the floor out of exhaustion, and having eyes so bloodshot that it looks like she just rubbed sand in them. Oh, college.
Eleni wrote in her article for The Tab, "We weren’t always this way – we used to have a life. And then we decided an Architecture degree was a good idea. For anyone seriously considering it, I’ll tell you now – it’s not. Take it from someone who knows."
Don't you wish you could go back in time and show these pictures to your 17-year-old self who thought that college was going to be all about doing keg stands and going to parties?
By the end of the 42-day race to her degree, Mitzali was so tired that she decided to drop down and rest on the lawn because she didn't have the energy to walk home.
Even after the final project was completed and submitted, Mitzali's body had one more act of revenge for putting her through a hellish, sleep-deprived work spree—an infection that required emergency surgery.
Now, a year later, Mitzali is happy to report that things have come a long way since her college days. She writes, "Now, a year later, while I’m the happiest I’ve ever been because I’m doing something I actually care about, I look back at these photos of my sad self and can’t help but think it was totally worth it."
Congrats, Eleni! Now onto the sleepless nights, stress, and tears that come with simply being an adult in the real world.