Graduation Doesn’t Have to Be Spooky
The year was 2014 (pictured here) and I was a newly minted senior at the University of Connecticut, blasting “22” by Taylor Swift despite being 21, hanging out with friends around the clock and taking elective classes that sounded fun (maybe even easy). Graduation was a “future me” problem that was never going to materialize. College was going to last forever and I wouldn’t hear otherwise.
The fact of the matter was: I was afraid to graduate.
Leaving this reality meant I would have to say goodbye to my college campus, “grow-up”, and finally take aim at a career in… um something.
Friends and classmates would tell me about what they were doing after May and then ask me “So what are you doing after graduation?” and I wouldn’t know how to respond. I liked writing silly columns for my school newspaper and taking broadcast journalism classes, but didn’t want to work in news and didn’t know what else I could do with those skills.
So who did I talk to about it? No one.
I went to all my classes and passed, spoke to no one about my time after college, and let the Graduation Boogie Man haunt my dreams for months.
Graduation eventually became a reality, I walked across the stage and off into the world, still trying to do it all myself and not seeing how my skills, interests, and passions could pertain to a career.
So, what could have gone differently?
I could have talked to someone.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to go to the Career Center and talk to someone. I thought the Career Center was a place you went to when you needed a job and could only help you if you knew what you wanted to do. I was not in the business of wasting people’s time, so I never went.
In reality, there were dozens of people there paid to talk to me about what I wanted to do with my life after college. I would not have been “wasting” anyone’s time, but in fact utilizing it. They could have related my passion for creative writing and public speaking to several careers and connected me with people and resources to allow me to pursue a career or internship long before I was a Senior.
You can use us before graduation is in your sights.
The BC Career Center can help you throughout your college career. Here is just a sampling of what we help you with:
- Choose your major and career direction
- Explore career options
- Obtain an internship
- Write a resume and cover letter
- Develop your interviewing skills
- Identify your skills, interests, and values
- Develop a job-search or graduate school plan
- Connect you with prospective employers (career fairs, on-campus recruiting, and more)
- Connect you with alumni mentors