Do you remember freshman year when it was okay to put undecided as your major? You felt like you had all the time in the world to figure out life after college. Then sophomore year unexpectedly snuck up on you, and you began taking classes that were actually in your major, so things began to feel little more real.
Junior year then came and you were bombarded with questions from relatives during the holidays. They would ask what you want to do with your life post-graduation. Slowly, panic set in, and it felt like you were the only person who didn’t have a plan after graduation.
Then, out of nowhere, it’s senior year and you wish you could go back to freshmen year and have more time to figure everything out.
Breaking away from college is scary… You’ve been a student your whole life, you’re good at it, and you’ve even mastered it. Since you’re about to venture into something new, it’s normal to be unsure. This may be the first time in your life that you have no idea where you will be in a year. Although it’s a scary thought, it’s pretty exciting. Here’s why:
1. You’re free to do whatever you want
You have no obligations to anyone so you should be eager to take advantage of that. Become a fitness instructor, start your own online business, or maybe open a cat café. The world is your oyster, and you are free to do whatever you please.
2. You are still young
Move to a city or country you’ve never been to before. Backpack through Europe, travel, volunteer, intern and find something that interests you. You have plenty of time to find a “real job,” but this could be the last time to travel freely and have unique jobs with no real obligations.
3. Your degree doesn’t limit you
You’re getting a degree and graduating from college, and that’s an accomplishment in itself. Your degree doesn’t limit you to one job or career. There are plenty of successful people that graduated with one degree but went on to do something different.
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4. You’ll finally have your own money and can choose to do whatever you want with it
If you do decide to find a real job, this doesn’t mean that you’ll never have fun again. Actually, you’ll finally have enough money to do all the things you wanted to do in college but could never afford.
5. You can always go back to school
If you graduate but then decide you really love being a student, go back to school. There are so many programs, online or at universities, where you can get your masters and remain a student for just a little longer.
This time of your life is exciting; there is no reason to panic. Even if you feel like everyone has it all figured out, they probably don’t, and you’re not alone. If you are afraid you won’t find success, just remember, even Oprah got fired from her first job.