Stories From The Arch

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There’s a Month of School Left. What’s Next?

With exams right around the corner and yet another convocation rapidly approaching, many students around campus are scurrying to meet their last few deadlines before the sweet release of freedom. It’s a great time of the year if you ask me. I mean, sure, it’s busy and stressful and all that, but what lays ahead is totally worth it.

For those of you returning next year, four months of bliss await. You can soon reconnect with old friends and get into all sorts of shenanigans, make some money, and take some well-deserved time off from University. Just keep working hard these last few weeks and before you know it, you’ll be wondering what in the heck to do with all of your spare time.

For those of you graduating in June, a different type of bliss awaits. All the hard work and dedication you’ve put into your undergrad these last few years finally comes to a rewarding cap and gown evening filled with family and friends. What comes next will bring its own set of obstacles and tests, but now is the time for you to start making your path in the world and take your life in the direction you want.

Whether you want to take some time off and travel or jump right into the workforce, there’s a brand-new set of faces to meet and lessons to learn. Don’t get me wrong, graduating can be a pretty stressful thing. You’ve spent all this time and money working for your degree, so what if you don’t get a job in your field, or don’t get paid as much as you anticipated? My advice to that would be to not put too much emphasis on the idea of pursuing a career related to your field of study (unless of course you really want to). I wrote a blog post a while back critiquing the idea of useless degrees, so if you’re interested, check it out here. I promise that it’s worth the read!

Regardless of whether you plan on pursuing a career in your field of study or you don’t, finding the right position and environment for you will take time and there’s unfortunately no way around that. That shouldn’t be taken as a negative thing though, because along the way you will learn many new things and acquire a handful of experiences that will make the journey that much more rewarding and satisfying. You have these early years completely at your disposal to try new things and step out of your comfort zone.

Being a fourth year student, I can confidently say that the biggest lesson I learned throughout my undergrad was how to become more adaptable and receptive to change. Nothing will slow you down more than refusing to understand life from a different perspective.

As you head out into a world full of unknowns, I encourage you to embrace any new challenge as an opportunity to grow, and don’t be afraid to take a chance!

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About the Author

Sergio Santolo blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2017 to 2018.

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