What Happens Next?

By Sara Seng, Managing Editor

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Happy Memorial Day and a huge congratulation to the Class of 2013! You are all officially college graduates and entering into the “real world”.

It’s amazing how fast time can fly.  One minute you’re moving boxes into your new college dorm room and the next thing you know, you’re moving out and leaving what is said to be the best years of your educational life.

As you walk across that stage shining in your cap and gown, listening to important speakers, and watching friends and family cheer you on, one constant question echoes in the back of your and every other graduates’ mind: what happens next?  It is the long awaited mystery that not surprisingly causes every graduate to eventually have a mini panic attack.  You begin to wonder what is the next best thing for you to do. Apply for graduate school?  Take time off to travel?  Continue working your current job to pay off those pesky student loans? Or do you dive headfirst into the real world and look for that job, that career, that official title of what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life?

Whatever the case may be, the decision is ultimately up to you.  It’s important to realize and truly understand that it does not matter which path you choose as long as you are choosing.  There’s nothing more dreadfully humiliating than when people ask you that post-graduation question: so what are you doing with your life now that you’ve graduated?  To which you answer with a look that resembles that of a deer in headlights.  No one should ever be placed in that situation. No one!

The reality of it is that yes, the real world is completely different than the college life.  It can be overwhelming and it can be stressful.  But at the same time, it’s exciting.  It’s a new adventure waiting to be experienced.  And as long as you have planned your next step after you’ve walked across that stage, you’re heading in the right direction already.

 

Photo Credit: http://business.gwu.edu/news/photos/2010/0521/2010-graduation-hire-me.jpg

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