“What do you want to do after you graduate?”
By: Jordan Paulus
ASCSU Director of Academic Affairs 2015-2016
As we progress through college, everyone begins to develop an idea of what they want to do with their life. But for some reason plans stop meaning as much the closer we get to graduation. As a third or fourth year college student, one of the scariest questions that you can be asked is “what do you want to do after you graduate?” Everyone expects you to have an automatic answer to the question, but the reality is many of us still have no idea what the future holds just weeks before graduation.
I am going to tell you a secret. It is okay to not always have a plan. It is okay to allow your plan to change.
As a type A personality, I have always had a plan for what my time in college would look like and where I would go afterwards. I was the type of student that had an answer to the dreaded question “what do you want to do after you graduate?”. I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I knew how to get there, and I would do everything in my power to get there immediately after college.
Let me sum it up: things in life rarely go as planned (especially for those who have always had “a plan”).
Now with only seven weeks left of my undergraduate career, I no longer have an answer as to what I am doing after I graduate. The plan I had for my future no longer mattered, as I realized that it would have to be put on hold for the time being. So what next?
What I have learned over the past couple of weeks is that it is okay to not have a plan all the time. The way I see it, we all have a choice when life throws us a curve-ball: we can either let it stop us from achieving great things, or we can embrace the challenges that life gives us and create an even better future than we initially imagined. It may be uncomfortable to not know what happens next, but it also challenges all of us to personal growth. Not knowing what the future holds gives us a unique opportunity to create a new future for ourselves. It gives us the opportunity to find out what we are passionate about and create meaning out of it.
So what if life throws you’re a curve-ball every once in a while. Embrace the challenge. Rise to the occasion. Find out what you are passionate about and go after it. You may find that the best way to achieve your goals and realize your future, is not even close to the way that you thought it would be.
So… what do I want to do after I graduate? Honestly, who knows! And I’ll tell you another secret: I couldn’t be any more excited for the next chapter of post-grad life that has yet to be written.