Last night my roommate and I figured out every single graduation ceremony we would have to attend for the next three semesters. I don’t know why we felt the need to do it, we both had a lot of things to do and we have three months before even the first of those ceremonies. Yet, we did.
It’s a weird sensation to be at the point we are in college. You’re not new, but you’re also not all that far away from graduating. Life after graduation is just out of reach, but you’re not sure if you actually want to experience it or not. In addition, while you’re at the point to be thinking about internships and the like, you’re a little too far away to do anything towards securing a job or an acceptance to graduate school. So you kind of just sit and twiddle your thumbs.
I will graduate in December of 2017 (if all goes as planned), and while that is not that far away, it also is. Each time I tell someone that this is my plan they ask the dreaded question, “And what will you do after that?” At this point, that is such a hard question to answer, “Well I want to go to [insert graduate program here] but first I have to take the GRE, and then apply, and then get accepted, and then hopefully find funding,” or “I hope to work at [insert company] but I have no idea if they’ll have an opening at my time of graduation or if I’ll be qualified for that opening or if they’ll even like me or if…”
Some people are lucky enough to have their future laid out. Maybe they already work somewhere that has offered them a full-time position, or a place they previously interned has a history of hiring their former interns or they’re staying at their current university for graduate school. But most of us don’t have that. So we sit around, and twiddle our thumbs, and do our homework, and wait for the day that we can do something tangible toward graduating.
I’m not saying that any of this is bad, you have to pay your dues, take your classes, and get the credits in order to graduate. It’s not handed to you. It’s just a weird place to be.
Until next time,
Peace out and laugh a little.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt