It’s finally that time…college graduation. You’ve been through the sleepless nights studying, the crazy nights out with your best friends, the painful breakups, and the constant feeling of having no idea what you want to do with your life and now it’s finally here. You’re not quite sure how you feel about moving on from the college life and entering the real world. It’s nerve-wracking and scary and you don’t think you’re ready for it. But I promise you are. As the days leading up to graduation dwindle, you are probably experiencing a mix of emotions. Everything ranging from fear to excitement are on your mind. As a graduating senior at the University of Cincinnati, I am experiencing all of these emotions myself. I am here to tell you that you aren’t alone and your feelings of fear, sadness, regret, jealousy, and excitement are completely normal.
Graduating college may be one of the scariest milestones in a young adult’s life. After attending countless 8 AMs, sitting through three hour lectures, and preparing for midterms and final exams, it’s time to put all that hard work to the test in the real world. You’re spending your last few months as a college student handing out your resume to potential employers and praying they call you back for an interview. It’s no lie that the job search process is intense and there is no guarantee you will graduate with that full time job offer. The key is to stay confident and stay ahead of the game. Confidence matters, and if you believe you will succeed…you will. So the next time you don’t land the job you want or you don’t get that call back, don’t give up. Keep trying and eventually all your hard work will pay off.
They say that college is the best four years of your life, so naturally when those four years come to an end you’re going to be sad. You’ve met some of the best friends you could ever ask for, made memories that will last a lifetime, and have grown as an individual. Now you’ll be entering a new chapter in your life and this one does not always include the people you made all of those memories with the last four years. You, along with many of your friends, will be starting careers and going in different directions. Your best friend and roommate you’ve lived with the last four years won’t be in the room next to you at 2 AM when you want to binge watch your favorite TV show and eat junk food. The reality of this is extremely depressing, but taking on this new chapter will also be rewarding and self-fulfilling. This is the time you get to put all your hard work to use and make your dreams come true. Make the most of it, because this is also a time to learn and grow.
Whether it’s that night out before your big exam or the spring break trip you didn’t take with all yourfriends, every college senior looks back on those four years and has regrets. Everyone says your college years fly by, but you never actually believe them till you experience it yourself. One day it’s the first day of freshman year and you think you have all the time in the world, and then BAM…you’re about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. You’re wondering whether you made the most of your time and if you accomplished everything you wanted to accomplish. The truth is, though, there’s nothing you can do about it now. Don’t stress over the past, look forward to the future. Set goals for yourself and reach them. It’s cliché, but you only have one life to live and worrying to much about things you did or didn’t do is a waste. Live in the now and embrace the upcoming changes in your life.
Some of your friends already have job offers and some of them have another year left before they graduate…and you’re just sitting here in limbo wishing you could have both. Let’s face it, you’re jealous. You wish you had the security of having a job lined up after graduation, but at the same time you wish you could spend another year living out your college experience. This is a scary time and you probably have no idea what exactly you want in this next chapter of your life. But, honestly, it’s okay to not know. It may be frustrating to see your friends receiving offer letters and other friends relaxing because they still have another year, but don’t stress your time will come.
Amongst all the stress of applying for jobs, attending interviews and career fairs, and finishing up those last few class projects, you’re probably also feeling excited about this upcoming milestone.You’ve put forth hard work and tremendous effort into the last four years and now it’s finally paying off. There will be no more all-nighters and dreadful group projects. You will get to put all your knowledge to use in the real world…and the best part is someone will pay you to do it! Be proud of your achievements because you deserve it!
Article by Kaity Norcross