G R A D U A T I O N…. It’s hard to fathom the fact that in May I will have finally finally successfully completed my college career. It has been a long & gruesome 6 years of essays, group projects, parking tickets ($500 worth of parking tickets to be exact), & deadlines (insert rolling eyes). I can firmly state that my college years have been some of the best times of my life, & also some of the worst & most anxiety driven times of my life. But, I feel like with anything that is difficult to achieve, it has also helped to build my character & make me grow as a person.
So the question: How do I feel about graduating? I feel terrified, stressed out, overwhelmed, proud, & relieved. Confusing right? To be honest, this is how most graduating college students feel. Yes, of course we are insanely excited to be able to say that we graduated college & earned our degree, but beyond the surface excitement is the deep rooted fear of the future. With graduating comes A LOT of pressure. Pressure that I have honestly never felt until these past few months. The overwhelming amount “what ifs” that surround us post degree is what concerns me the most (and I know I’m not alone). For example:
- What if I don’t find a good paying job after college?
- What if I move out and can’t afford my apartment rent every month?
- What if I don’t choose the right career path?
- What if I can’t handle the obligations of adulting?
These questions scare the SHIT out of me (excuse the dramatics). Every move I make from now on is going to affect the direction my life takes. I know it is totally natural to have these feelings & I just have to keep reminding myself that EVERYTHING FALLS INTO PLACE.
Even though you go to college to learn facts and information, I think college is also there to teach you about how to live life itself. We are taught time management, social skills, determination, & how to give insight to others. We don’t necessarily get tested on these aspects in a written test formation, however we do get tested subconsciously by how we use it in our lives. For that, I am grateful that college has made me more driven and more open to explore new opportunities.
I think the best thing to remember for myself (and to all my fellow graduates reading this), to just trust in ourselves & be confident that our future will be whatever we choose it to be.