In business attire and a coffee in hand, I set out to start my work day. However, as I proceeded with my daily routine, I couldn’t help but think how different life was just a year ago. The fall of 2016 consisted of me rolling out of my dorm bed in my coziest sweats and messiest bun, heading to class with a PSL from Café on the Quad. Although my taste in coffee has not wavered, it is safe to say that the picture of my life is being painted by a new artist.
My undergraduate years may have come to a close, but this next chapter has turned out to be surprisingly rewarding. Whether you choose to go onto graduate school or to start your career, you are surrounded by a new kind of learning. At this point, you start to obtain information only in the field you are interested in, which makes the learning process that much more rewarding. You also begin to branch out on your own as an adult, graciously accepting the freedom that comes along with it. The time following your undergraduate years is a time to find out who you are as an individual, so embrace it! For the first time, you are determining your next step without the guidance of the path most traveled. Although it may seem scary, trust me, you’ve got this!
So, what comes to mind when you hear the term “adulting”? Are you ridden with fear? Do you become excited and/or motivated? It goes without saying that many college students struggle with the transition into adulthood and the workforce. It is often a dreaded concept associated with a lack of sleep, limited free time, the stress of bills, and the thought of not making it on your own. That being said, I am here to tell you to take a deep breath, exhale, and have a little faith in yourself! Be proactive and view the next chapter as something you are absolutely ready for. Have a goal and create a to-do list of the necessities to achieve that goal. With the perfect amount of effort, and support from your professors and your friends at the Career Center, your dreams can be far more attainable than you realize. Just think, a year from now, you could be sitting in my shoes, wondering why you ever dreaded this amazing time in the first place.
All the best,
Career Center Graduate Assistant