As we approach the end of the first semester of the school year every college student is feeling the heat because there are thousands of papers, projects, and assignments due….. all at the same time. Those who especially feel it are the seniors, including myself. In less than 6 months we will be walking across the stage to receive the prized possession we have worked so hard for, The Degree!
I’m sure over the Thanksgiving dinner table we were all asked the daunting question every senior knows is coming, but somehow still cringes a little, (and maybe even sheds a few tears inside) when it’s said out loud.
“SO WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION??”
If you are anything like me, you have mastered the art of saying “I have no idea” with a gracious smile and quickly changing the topic of conversation. The truth is, most seniors indeed have no idea what our plans are and that is perfectly okay! How can we possibly think that far into future when we have 4 papers due tomorrow. The idea of finding a job (one that provides great medical benefits of course), moving out, paying student loans amongst other bills - is the scariest thought in the world. A few seconds ago we were freshman, and now adulthood is creeping around the corner. Give us the time to adjust, please.
If you’re the kind of person that has had their dream job in mind since the age of six, kudos to you! However, if you still haven't found that perfect full-time position or internship take a breath because it will come at the perfect time. As a senior, I want to focus on spending as much time with my friends before we all move into this thing we call the “real world”. I want to focus on the last few times I’ll be able to talk to my favorite teachers before I leave. Of course, we have all been thinking about what our lives will look like after walking across that stage, how could we not? The constant pressure from the outside world doesn't help though. At this time we need support, advice, and maybe even a few tissues because this is one of the toughest times we’ve experienced in four years. So families, please give us a break, I’m sure you remember your transition period out of college.
Seniors here’s my advice to you :
Shine up your resume and LinkedIn account because you never know when a job offer is going to present itself.
Talk to your teachers in your field or major and ask them all the questions zooming around in your head, they’ve been where you are.
Start planning, but be flexible because plans are never complete without an unexpected plot twist.
Have some fun! You will never be a senior again, enjoy this moment.
Lastly, don’t settle, do not take a job that doesn’t align with your morals or values just because you may feel under pressure. The perfect position will come.
If you are still looking for an internship or resume help, stop by the Center for Career and Professional Development located on the second floor of Widener. Their hours are 9am - 5pm with extended hours until 7pm on Wednesdays. You can schedule an appointment with your handshake account at www.cabrini.joinhandshake.com . They also have drop-in hours Monday -Thursday from 1pm- 3pm that do not require an appointment.
Good Luck Seniors! We’re almost at the finish line.