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Job Skills Intern
The question, "what are you doing after graduation?" has probably hit the ears of our St. Scholastica seniors countless times. Although most people ask it without meaning any harm, the fact that it is asked so many irritating times confirms one thing: the decision is a life changing one. Where will you live? What will you do? Heck, where will you sleep at night?
Instead of writing an article about what you should do, here are some suggestions that may make the transition easier.
Embrace it. Although it may be hard to accept that a phase of your life is coming to an end, it's even harder when you quit living in the moment and wishing you are were the past. The truth is, you will be much happier embracing the moment you're in.
Try new things. Just because college is over, it doesn't mean that your life needs to become a boring schedule of work and sleep. Moving somewhere new, or a change in schedule, means that opportunities to try new things open up. Take those opportunities and make the best of them.
Follow your gut. If the decision you are making doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't. Sometimes a feeling can lead you in the right direction and overthinking decisions may lead you in the wrong direction.
Challenge yourself. Expand yourself intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. Your time structured learning environment is over, but you're a student forever. Now it's your time to learn what you want to learn and challenge yourself to become better a better you.
One last thing, a check out very useful TED Talk called Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20. One of her biggest points about living in your 20's is to be intentional. If you have the intention of living a good life, you should realize it early and often.
On a side note, if you need help applying for jobs, in my role as the Job Skills Intern, I can help you with resume and cover letting writing and revision. I am located in the Writing Center, and my hours are as follows:
Monday 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday 1-4 p.m.
Thursday 10-11:30 a.m.
Best of luck to all those graduating, and remember: shift happens.