As the end of my undergraduate career comes to a close I’m starting to explore the potential job market more and more. This is obviously a huge next step and something I’m not taking lightly but it can feel overwhelming at times. What I ultimately want to do requires at least a Masters Degree so I need to “settle” on a career for the next three years while I continue my education.
It’s somewhat disheartening to look for jobs I don’t really have a keen interest in. One of my biggest fears was getting stuck at a job I hated. While getting an undergraduate degree opens a substantial amount of doors for me, it still leaves me short at my ultimate goal. It’s also scary to comprehend the idea of working a full-time job then going to Graduate School on top of it. Are there enough hours in the day for me to accomplish all I need to get done?
Maybe I’m just overthinking everything and psyching myself out, I know I should think as rationally as I can but it’s still difficult to keep my emotions out of it. Then again maybe I’m underestimating myself and the notion of working full-time and going to school. It’s possible I find a great job out of undergrad that I really enjoy and offers a flexible work schedule and any potential graduate courses are more manageable than I expect.
I should probably look at these jobs as an opportunity instead of a layover, and stay positive about the whole process.
As I keep inching closer to graduation I’m starting to pay more attention to the amount I owe on my student loans; and it’s crazy the types of interest rates they hit you with, especially with private loans. Looking at what I owe, combined with the potential of going to graduate school either part-time or full-time is pretty daunting. At times I question if it was even worth it? Would I have been better off learning a trade or something else that didn’t require extensive schooling?
Fortunately I have an amazingly supportive family; my grandmother and aunts recently helped pay off some of my private loans that had the highest interest rates. I’m truly grateful for their help, it’s scary to think where I would be without their support. With the cost of college continuing to rise it makes me wonder what other students’ debt will look like in the next five years.
Since I’m almost done with my undergraduate schooling its given me a lot of perspective that I feel younger students are lacking. First off, graduate as quickly as you can!!! School is so expensive the last thing you want to do is add another year or semester to your tab. It may be tough to graduate on time or even early but it is well worth it in the long run. It’s going to save you hundreds of dollars each month over the next 10-20 years of your professional life.
In short…. Ball out and get through school quickly. Trust me, when you look at the amount of debt you owe it’s going to open your eyes!
Already two weeks into my last semester of senior year; I don’t know what it is but this year has flown by so much faster than any of my other years here at Plymouth. It’s kind of a helpless feeling in a way, I’ve worked so hard here to graduate in three years (despite the registrars office best effort to keep me here longer) but for some reason I keep looking back wondering if I rushed it. Can’t dwell on it too much though, I need to just finish strong and enjoy whatever time I have left here.
Every semester it takes me a week or two to acclimate to my classes’ structure, workload, and routine. This semester has surprisingly been easy to pick up. I always get good grades in my courses but I routinely dig myself into a hole early in the semester and it takes me a while to catch back up. Maybe I’m finally learning the drill….. Why did it take my last semester to finally “get it”? Funny how things like that always happen at the end.
So this semester I’m taking six classes, I was dreading it over break thinking I would have so much work which would prevent me from somewhat enjoying my last months here at Plymouth. But to my surprise it honestly hasn’t been too bad, the college gods are finally showing me some love, “Good looks guys”. Obviously I’m still worried I’ll get hit with a storm of work out of nowhere like the weather up here but that’s something I can’t control so I’m not gonna worry about it.
I put off applying to Graduate School for way too long, and this week I finally got all my applications and transcripts ready and submitted everything. It’s definitely a huge relief to finally get the application process over with, now comes the waiting game which is always fun. I applied to mostly state schools in my home state of Massachusetts because I can’t decide if I want to go full-time or part-time, hopefully I figure out all the logistical factors. I’m excited about the potential next step but also nervous; I have no idea what to expect or if I’m ready to take the next step in the process. I won’t stress about it too much though, things like this always have a way of working out.