We are constantly told to enjoy our young years-- to enjoy our college life! On the other hand, we are expected to have our life after graduation figured out! How can we do both at the same time? This is question I might have the answer to...
I am senior this year planning to graduate in May 2015 and I finally know what it feels like to hear the question, “what are you planning on doing after graduation?” Suddenly, just having the title of senior makes that question daunting and at times overwhelming (to those of us not set with a full-time job yet). Some majors and areas of studies lead to a specific career field rather simply. However, there are those of us studying something not as definite or maybe we just don’t know if what is expected of us is what we actually want to do. I’m thinking it’s our approach to determining where our career should start that may cause us to freak out to a simple question.
Maybe we need to be enjoying our college life by discovering what we like and don’t like about it! Being in tune with our response to different kinds of assignments, the way we interact socially, our learning styles, our relationship with superiors in the workplace, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on! Every single day, we have the opportunity to learn something about ourselves and the contexts in which we thrive and succeed. Aren’t these the factors we should be considering when deciding on what to do after graduation?
That’s what I’m doing (finally)! I’ve learned a lot about the kind of person I want to be, the kinds of interactions I want to have, and, based on my coursework, the kind of career I am hoping to make a reality. College life isn’t something limited or finite. It’s a time to have fun, discover ourselves, and transition into this construct called Life.
Blog written by: Yasmine Bensidi, Psychology/MCB ‘15