By Jodi Bogert
After talking to seniors about commencement, I must be the only student who isn’t thrilled about graduating.
If students are choosing to continue with their education, they think that college is the beginning of adulthood. In reality, all that they are entering is a four-year safety net. Graduating college is more daunting and final. This period in life also signifies the last times of being young before entering the real world.
The stem of the issue is that the first day of college is treated as the first day of the rest of students’ lives. This is a fallacy. College is supposed to prepare students for the rest of their lives.
A few months from now, when every post-grad is searching for jobs, employers want certain things that go beyond their resume. They want proof that those four years weren’t wasted.
I’ve accomplished enough in the writing field at KU. As of now, I completed two internships, published my writing, created original blogs and I became a staff writer for The Keystone.
Beyond the work I complied in my portfolio, I learned about diligence, dedication and learning about different points of view.
Incoming freshman should be taught that college will go by very fast. Despite the pressure to forget about the future and the responsibilities it brings, the clock is ticking. This doesn’t mean that college life should be all work and no play. A balance between the two should be achieved. Each student won’t ever be this young again and the expectations rise with time as well.
A post-grad’s life will get harder due to lack of employment and shrinking social connections. The months after graduation for a student will be the chance to prove that they are worthy of earning that entry-level position designated for special people. In return, graduates will gain respect and the recognition that they deserve.