I am graduating in December. I am excited. I am terrified. I am nervous. I am anxious. In that order. However, whenever I tell someone who has already graduated that I will be finished in two months, their response makes me want to cry. From some people, I have gotten, “Wow, that’s great! Congratulations!” From even more people, I’ve gotten, “Enjoy it while you can. The real world totally sucks.” Or, “Why are you graduating early? I would stay in as long as you can.”
These words ARE NOT HELPFUL!
Yes, I am graduating a semester early because I took summer school each summer. I studied abroad one summer, and I interned this past summer. I have worked my butt off during the long semesters and I am very proud of myself for finishing. I have had a blast while in San Marcos and have made some of the best friends I could have ever asked for. I am closer now with my family than I have ever been before.
I realize that college is probably the best time of my life, but I also realize that life is what I make of it. While getting a “real job” may sound awful, I think it is all about my attitude towards it. I am optimistic about my future. I have been job searching and looking into tons of companies and exploring different places where I could move to in January. If I have to move home for a bit, then I move home for a bit. But just because college is over does not mean my life is going to suck from here on out.
If you are someone who feels that your life sucks since you graduated and got a degree and a real job, FIND SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Go back to school. Choose a new path. Life is too short to be miserable while living it. I appreciate everyone being honest with me about what the real world is truly all about, but it won’t bring me down. I may be naive, but ignorance is bliss. Study hard, work hard, and play hard. Live your life to the fullest, and if it gets dull, change it.
I picked up my cap and gown today. I graduate in exactly two months.