"So, what are your plans after graduation?"
"What are you doing next?"
"Any plans after the big day?"
"What are you going to do now?"
These are the questions I have been asked on a daily basis during the awkward time between my last day of college and my graduation day.
Graduation is really stressful when I think of the "now what" aspect of it. I get extremely nervous over the fact that I do not have a really good answer to all of these important questions. I feel like now that I have tackled one extremely large mountain, I'm supposed to immediately go find another one to conquer. My anxiety is rising over this, and I feel like I'm not the only one.
So, graduating class of 2016, I have a crazy and simple proposal as we approach that long-awaited day: let's just enjoy it.
We have spent the past years of our lives pursuing an amazing goal. We have sacrificed many hours of sleep, time away from our friends, holidays without our families, and much more. We spent countless hours completing homework and studying for tests. We all went through our own trials and tribulations to walk across that stage.
It is not our time to stress about the future. It is our time to breathe and smile. It is our time to be proud of our accomplishments.
So, I urge you to enjoy it. Let's not let the anxiety of the future steal the joy of a day we have all waited for!