The Pressure of Graduation

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How one senior copes and conquers

Karrie Comfort  Staff Writer

I will soon go from student to alumnae in May, T-minus 10 weeks, and I can’t even count how many times I have been asked, “What are you planning on doing,” “What is your dream job,” and my personal favorite “oh wow, how scary.”

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The closer I get to graduation the more I can feel the linear line of pressure. Let me explain what I mean:

The closer to graduation I get, the more anxious I become, which propels me to put more time into my career goals. Consider it a coping strategy if you will -- I hope that all you seniors will be able to utilize my graph to your benefit and gain mental peace. 

The anxiety sets in creepingly and for most people, it tends to overwhelm me when I least expect it, and for a lot of the same old reasons:

One. “What if I end up forever alone?”

Ok, whether you’re single or in a great relationship, there is always that nagging fear that you will end up forever alone. That the only one who will like you is your mom because she is your mom and she is required to.

We have that fear because college is such a social place, filled with so many different clubs and activities. Outside of university, however, there is less structure. I’m already looking for my escape route out of adulthood This includes a new gym, a select few drink/food places to hang around and a group of friends to road trip with. Don’t wait for people to come to you, plan it and go to them!

Two. “I am not going to get a job. And even if I do, what if I hate it?” 

Yes, your career is important, but it will not stay with you forever and it will not define you. Careers come and go, so I try not to think about getting “the perfect job” forever, but getting my perfect job for today. Maybe tomorrow it will be something different, but we can cross that bridge when we get there. For now, I am focusing on applying to jobs and internships that interest me, and that is enough.

Truly, “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer and it’s even better to focus on what you do know. I don’t know if I will get a job in marketing like I want because I’m an English major, but I am going to try. I don’t know if I will move abroad or stay local, but I am going to try and make clear decisions one day at a time.

So don’t worry fellow class of 2017 graduates, just work hard and welcome the future.


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