The last four years, and for some people like myself five years, has been spent filled with late nights and early mornings. Nor having time to eat at times is an understatement. All the sacrifices made, sleep you never got and special events you have missed were all for this big milestone in your life, graduation!
As I approached the finish line, and even now, I continuously asked myself what is next? What is next for me?! Only to reach the finish line and to be left with questions, questions that you thought your degree would answer. You may feel confused or out of place and feel like you’re not doing enough with your time or day and that is okay.
The day I graduated marked the beginning of the rest of my life. I have insight of the many opportunities there are for me and know I can do whatever it is that my heart desires. Since graduation I have never felt so alive! I am working in the field I have spent five years in school for. However, I have realized a few things.
Be Willing to Take Risks
I have never been a risk taker or one to step out of my comfort zone. I have done things I would not normally have done a few years ago. Maybe not even a year ago, but it has opened up new opportunities that I would not have ever imagined experiencing.
Eat something you never would have eaten before, and have conversations with someone who is in the profession that you want. Never under estimate or limit where you can go or do. Just closed your eyes and take that first step.
Become a lifelong learner if you haven’t already
Do not limit yourself to only graduating college, then say you’re done. They say if you don’t use it, you lose it. So rather you go onto graduate school, take personal enrichment classes or simply reading a book about a topic you want to know more about or you know nothing about; just do it! Either way you are going to learn something you didn’t know before.
When I left the job I worked most of my undergraduate years, my former supervisor gave me a gift. It was his favorite book, The Alchemist. Now if you have not read it, I won’t spoil it for you. There are many things I took away from this read. One thing that will stick with me forever is: “It’s only those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.”-Paulo Coelho
Remember you won’t have the answers to everything, but if you seek out the answers to your questions intently you will find what you are looking for. I have people ask me all the time how does it feel to be done with college. Before I answer I simply smile and say, I am just getting started.