Graduation day is one of the most anticipated days of your college career. You finish all your exams, you participate in all the end of year festivities, and you’re ready to get on with your life as soon as you walk across that stage. But for the first time in years, your life is no longer planned out for you. Your future is open to so many possibilities and it’s up to you to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way.
When I graduated, I was so relieved to finally be done with school. In my head, this summer was my chance to relax. A week of relaxation turned into a month, and in mid-July I was still relaxing. I realized I’d fallen into a slump. My adult responsibilities were slowly creeping up on me and I didn’t care because I was so excited to have no commitments (other than the part-time job I’ve had for nearly three years). Student loans are kicking in this month for me and I was not concerned about it until recently. I figured my current job would be enough to get me by. But that’s just it – I don’t want to just get by.
After weeks of my parents begging me to apply for teaching jobs, I finally stopped playing Sims 4 and binge-watching Netflix and put myself to work applying for a couple positions. I realized that even though I don’t want to teach in a classroom for the rest of my life, it’s a means to an end. It is a way for me to reach my goals, begin my own literacy tutoring business, and learn some things along the way. I attended college for five and a half years. There’s no reason I should let all of that go to waste. There are going to be some speed bumps, but why should that stop me – and you – from doing what we love?
If you do feel drained from college, take time for yourself, but don’t let that time hinder future opportunities. I’ve missed out on so many positions because I was so adamant on not growing up. I was afraid of taking on so much responsibility that I just avoided it at all costs. Don’t do this – growing up isn’t a bad thing. It takes some getting used to, but from what I can tell after trying this whole “adulting” thing, I’m really going to enjoy it. Because I have control of my life now and I honestly feel more relaxed now than I did for the first half of summer. After applying myself, I was offered a long-term substitute position at an elementary school. I happily accepted and the first day of school is only fifteen days away!
“Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into who you are meant to be. Stop playing small. You’re meant for greater things.” -Unknown