So, you’re graduating… What’s next?

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Seniors, as we near the end of our undergraduate careers, there are so many things running through our minds.

We have to finish assignment upon assignment before the week is up. Then study for finals and finish projects while preparing for presentations. And it seems like the more you take off your to do list, the more you add to it.

It’s never ending.

gradAnd to add more stress to the ever-growing problem of ‘senioritis,’ everyone and their grandmother, no matter if you know them or not, keeps asking you that dreaded question: What are you going to do after graduation?

Some of us have plans and know exactly what we’re going to do after graduation. They have their dream jobs lined up and are preparing to move into their new apartment, maybe in a new city. They’re ready to jump into this thing called adult life.

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While there are still some of us who cringe when asked this question because we haven’t exactly got it all together. They’re just glad to be graduating and might not have had time to think about the future. They may know what they want to do but just haven’t found the job that’s perfect for them. And who knows, they might even be going back home to live with their parents.

http://www.hercampus.com/school/luc/whats-your-plan-after-graduation

blog10-post-gradEither way, it’s okay. If you’ve got it all planned out, good for you! Go out and adult it up. lol. But if you don’t, there’s no need to panic just yet. It really is okay not to have it all together at this exact moment in life. Don’t rush into a job or career or back to school because the world around you is pressuring you to have a plan or get a job.

You have to do what’s best for you. You have to live with the decisions that you make, so make sure whatever you decide is what you want to do with your life. Take some time to think about it. Pray about it. Talk about it. Don’t ignore it.

If you haven’t even started thinking about it… Now might be the time to start. Get your resume together. Write your cover letter. Ask for recommendations, if needed. Don’t wait until after graduation to start. Start now.

So, what are your plans after graduation?fb488f31e8f140ec066b23804e55c407e8c1

http://www.thecollegeprepster.com/2015/04/advice-to-college-seniors.html

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/famous-people-who-didnt-make-it-big-until-way-after-th?utm_term=.oiZ7zL2D8p#.ocV9aYQ2jW

https://www.buzzfeed.com/moerder/19-successful-people-who-had-a-rough-time-in-their-20s?utm_term=.nwPpW6A4KV#.wk26YAG4OZ

 

 

 

 

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And the countdown begins…

https://w2.countingdownto.com/1322630

Or if you’re like me, the countdown really started the first day of this semester.

It’s kind of hard to believe that I graduate from college in less than two months. But I am really excited! I just have a few problems…

  1. I have senioritis bad!

Senioritis is an affliction that students in their last year of high school or college deal with. Common symptoms of this affliction are loss or decline in motivation and performance.

Signs you have senioritis (excuse the language): http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/signs-that-you-might-have-senioritis#.he9lXqq8N

And it seems like the closer it gets to graduation, the worse this condition becomes. The untitled1587courses I am taking require a lot of work. I always have assignments due and others that I should really start working on and on top of that I still have to study. But there never seems to be enough time in the day to get it all done.

I make to do lists. But they never get done. Whatever is left on yesterday’s to do list, is added to today’s to do list. And the cycle continues throughout the week. Sometimes to make myself feel better, I just throw away the list and start over. I still have the same amount to get done but it helps me not to freak out.

I don’t think there is anything that could help or cure my senioritis besides walking across the stage at graduation, but for those of you who are looking for tips to battle your senioritis, maybe these tips and sites will help you:

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/11/18/5-tips-to-battle-college-senioritis

https://www.wetfeet.com/articles/10-ways-to-suppress-college-senioritis

2. Life after graduation

People keep asking me what my plans are post-graduation… And for the past couple of months my response has been the same… I laugh and trying not to cry I tell them, “I’m just trying to make it to graduation.”

untitled15896How do I find the time to plan for my life after graduation? I barely have time to think about that.

http://www.imfirst.org/2014/04/planning-for-post-college-life-and-fighting-senioritis/

http://www.hercampus.com/career/job-advice/5-ways-fight-senioritis-land-job-after-graduation

So, not only are we seniors fighting senioritis – or who have given up on fighting – but at the same time we have to start planning for what we’re going to do after we graduate.

My brain just exploded for the umpteenth time this semester. So much to do, so little time left to do it all.

And the countdown continues… Good luck to all my graduating senior buddies! And may the odds be ever in your favor…

986bd5241162a781e764ae7fa5fe3012P.S. it’s okay to cry and/or scream…