As I finish my last semester as an undergraduate student, I take another step closer towards my goal: graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in CommunicationS. The classes I’ve taken have provided me with tools to use in my future career, but classes didn’t prepare me for the anxiety and fear that plagues my mind as graduation day looms closer.
When my friends and family questioned what plans I had for the future, I was left feeling scared, anxious, and unsure. I began to question and reflect on my decisions and compare myself to other people. As I watched other students discuss their future dreams and goals, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was being left behind. I was a woman about to graduate from college, and I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I began to do a bit of research on my problem that I later discovered there were others struggling with the same problem: quarter life crisis.
My anxiety, questions, and fear about my future were symptoms of a quarter life crisis. Unlike a mid-life crisis, a quarter-life crisis usually occurs during your late teens to early thirties. Some symptoms of a quarter life crisis can include feeling anxious or scared during the transition into adulthood.
Despite the fears and confusion about my future, I felt reassured knowing other college students struggled and were asking themselves the same questions: What do I want to do with my life? What kind of impact do I want to leave on my community? What do I want to be remembered for?
I had come to learn and accept that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do after graduation, or if you don’t have everything in your life planned out. As long as you have goals and dreams the rest will follow.
Article by Patrice Thompson