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Graduation Jitters

By Sara Gunn

As news of my pending graduation from college begins to get out to family and friends, I’m constantly asked two of the most simple questions that call for some very difficult answers.

  • What are your plans after graduation?
  • Are you excited to be graduating?

Before I attempt to answer these questions let me state some facts. According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey, millennial’s are the country’s most stressed out generation due to the fact that we face high college tuition costs and exorbitant student loan debt compared to past generations.   There is also stiff competition for jobs as we enter the work force.

So is graduating from college really a reason to celebrate?

The best way I can describe my college experience is to compare it to going on a road trip for the first time.  When I first got to leave home after attending a community college for two years I was excited, anxious AND maybe a little nervous.  As I started my journey and got the hang of the quote “college life” it became a smooth ride, with a built-in GPS for when I got lost. Granted there were a few speed bumps during the journey but I experienced some once in a lifetime memories during the long ride.  I have now reached my final destination, graduation.

As graduation day approaches, I feel like everything is changing.  The thought of leaving behind my college days and entering “the real world” becomes a scary feeling. This is the first time I find myself day dreaming a lot more and constantly asking myself “what’s next in my life?” In high school, there were guidance counselors and parents around to help you decide your next step. Now as college comes to an end I start to realize that what once was a smooth ride down the street is now riddled with pot holes, the speed bumps are starting to become road blocks and the passengers that once filled my car are starting to be replaced with silence.

The pressure to find a job in my field before the 6-month grace period on my student loans will be soon approaching and the mere thought of those loans creep into my head everyday.  I also can’t seem to shake the possibility that I might never, ever work in my field and all of the classroom work, internships and projects that I did was all for nothing.  Even though I feel that my college curriculum prepared me for my field and all of my instructors shared their wisdom and provided me with whatever I needed, I still ask myself, am I ready? Can I do this? Will I make it?

How many of you soon to be college graduates feel the same way? I’d love for you to respond or call me during my show every Tuesday from 11am until 3pm.

Soon to be a college graduate,

Sara Gunn


College Graduation- Looking Back

hatsintheair 1Many schools have already held their graduation ceremonies and Columbia College’s graduation is coming up this weekend so I looked back at the last four years to supply you with tips to make it to your college graduation. The road is not easy and college can be an exhilarating but unnerving experience. Here are my five tips to help get you to your big day.

  •  YOU MUST PARTY –  I know this sounds so wrong, but you must party. Partying is essential to the college experience. You’re grown, you’re free, have fun. Although we go to school to be educated and not to drink ourselves stupid, it is important to take it easy sometimes. So, please TURN IT UP. You’ll never be this young again.
  • HAVE NO SQUARES IN YOUR CIRCLECollege is about communication often times and the last thing you need is a negative influence ruining what you came here for. A lot of people will drop out. A lot of people will leave. A lot of people will go down paths that you don’t want to go down. So stay focused and if they’re not with you for your growth, they’re not necessary.  Remember-BIRDS OF A FEATHER, TEND TO FLOCK TOGETHER.
  • DEADLINESWhen something is “due”, it’s something you must “do”. Procrastination has hit us all, but in college you must fight this. There will be teachers and professors that will look out and give you time but you must not take them for granted. When you get into life after school, there will be much opportunity to “wait until tomorrow.” You don’t want to lose an opportunity because you didn’t do something you could have.
  • HAVE A PLANDebt is real, problems are real, which means that life can get real. But go into college with a strategy. Plan your budget. Be on top of your financial aid, know how long you’re going to be here. Don’t just wing it! It will catch up to you in the long run. Trust me. Remember the 5 P’s: PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE.
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUWho’s going to celebrate when it’s all over? You. Who’s going to get that job because they have a COLLEGE DEGREE? You! So who should put all the work into getting this degree and receiving these benefits? You. You’re an adult now so no one is going to hold your hand. You have to stand on your own two feet and put work into what you want. Remember that this is your experience so the only thing that can truly hold you back or push you forward is yourself.

With these pointers in mind, let me be the first to congratulate the Class of 2013.