Moving On After Graduation

Well, it has been brought to my attention that *apparently* I am expected to graduate in May and "move on" with my life. Not sure how this happened or what lead me to this discovery but I am shocked and confused.

Graduation is one of those things for the first three years of college you're just like "dang, can't wait for that day," or "it's okay, I don't have to worry about that until senior year," or "well that's not until next year," and suddenly it's next year and you have 4 dollars to your name, no clue where, who or what you want to be and a looming eviction notice.

As you can tell, I have a super positive outlook on graduation. NOOOOOOT. If you're looking for some flowery article about how senior year is a wonderful time in a young professional's life, check 'The Odyssey' I'm sure there have been hundreds of other college girls who have talked about just that. Instead, I'm going to talk about the NEGATIVES. The bad, the worse and the worst of graduation. Just kidding, underclassmen, it's not all bad.


The Decisions. 


Lord Almighty, no one told me how many decisions I'd be making. Where I want to live? How do I even begin to look for jobs when I have no idea where I want to be? How do I narrow down all of my passions into one career path? Grad school or no grad school? Where do my skills fit in at a company? Am I even qualified?

Leaving friends behind.

Leaving your friends every summer is hard enough, even knowing you'll see them in a couple months. But how do you leave friends behind when you don't have any clue when the next time you'll see them? I know new adventures and good friendships are coming but that doesn't make it any easier to leave.

Self-doubt.

Thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours of studying, and many, many naps later, I now have to prove my worth in my industry. There's a lot of self-doubt that comes with this. Have I learned anything? Will I be able to survive in my career? How do I know that I actually know what I'm doing? I've


I didn't expect all these questions, I didn't expect all of this doubt and anxiety that I feel, but what most surprises me is how much I don't want to leave. Ada has its quirks, but this place is my home. These people have changed me, this place has changed me. Ultimately, I'm excited to start a new phase in my life, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little sad.

Ask me again in 3 months how I feel.

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