The Most Common Question You Get Asked As A Senior

The Most Common Question You Get Asked As A Senior

Professor: "where are you headed next after college?"


I am a second semester senior at the University of Arizona and I have been asked more than twice from professors and people on campus what my plans are after college. I want to point out that the specific question is not easy to answer because when you're in the job process you can't make a decision right away. It is important for all universities to respect college seniors and that we may not know our future plans just yet. I am still in the job process and of course, want a job offer but I have realized it takes time. Majority of companies take time to let you know your status in the job process because they have to review specific results and etc.

A vast majority of college seniors feel that the class material they learn is relevant to their future career paths. College seniors took a survey called the National Survey of Student Engagement and the results were about 3,700 seniors from 38 four-year institutions answered questions on career preparation in the survey (Inside Higher Ed). Seniors at different universities think that their career engagement resources are helpful to their career path. I personally have a career educator named Joel. He works in the student engagement and career development center.

If you are a senior and are struggling in the job process I would highly recommend going to the student engagement and career development center. I think a senior's biggest fear is leaving their university without a job or internship. As a senior, I understand that my professors want to know what I am doing after college, but I am not fully ready to answer that question because I am still in the job process. It is challenging to be your own cheerleader of everything.

The most frequent questions that are asked is "what are your plans after graduation?" "Do you have a job yet?" "Are you going to grad school?" A student from UCLA said, "In today's job market and economy, having a realistic, executive plan for graduation has become a necessity, intensifying the pressure on college seniors to find a job or be accepted to grad school" (Horan). I am glad that I am not the only one feeling this way. It is okay to feel unsure about your plans after graduation because if you already applied to jobs you are doing the right thing.

My experience exploring different options for after graduation and taking the next steps allows me to realize that everyone in college takes this process differently. I am grateful that I have parents that allowed me to figure out what I wanted to do career-wise because I explore options better on my own. The best advice my career educator told me is to keep your head up and move forward. I think having positive people in your life makes a difference because you can rely on those people that do put positivity in your life. A positive quote to remind yourself is " Don't count the days, make the days count" (Anonymous).

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Being Home From School, As Told By Rachel Green

You never know how good you have it on campus until it's 9pm and all the stores at home are closed.

Oh, look, another Odyssey Article about the struggles of being a college student home for summer break. Bet you didn't see that one coming. Our lives aren't actually that difficult, but it is definitely weird being home. If you know a college student, chances are that despite the workload, the late nights and the sub-par dining commons food, they wish they were back on campus. That's how magical college life can be. And being home isn't bad, per se, it's just... not campus.

1. You miss your friends. Like crazy.

It's not that your family isn't great company, or your high school friends aren't really your friends anymore. They are, and you love them! It's just that you don't bond with anyone quite like you do with the people you're at the library with until four o'clock in the morning, working on an essay you realize is due in two days and not the next one.

2. You realize just how good you had it at the dining commons.

Who knew you could miss mystery meat and pre-packaged sandwiches? College students who realize that cooking is not their thing, and the easiest snacks are the sugary ones you buy for a dollar at the gas station.

3. You have to get a summer job, and it's not the cushy three-hour gig you had at school.

The first two weeks after you get home are so full of hope. You run around to twelve different stores, picking up applications, flashing that college-counselor certified resume. And it almost feels as though you've got it together. Until week three hits and you're still jobless and still not unpacked.

4. You finally get to see your college friends, and leaving them feels like ripping an arm off.

I mean you miss them for a reason. What, did I expect saying goodbye a second time would be easier? Of course not. And the amount of planning that had to go into getting together with them was sort of absurd.

5. In your unemployment, your parents give you some chores to do... and then they ask if you finished them.

Where do the days go? You have maybe a few babysitting jobs, minimal errands to run and still there doesn't seem to be enough time to vacuum and do the dishes. Maybe the twenty minutes before your mom gets home from work is enough time to give the illusion of cleanliness.

6. Your siblings are always in your room. Always.

You love your family. Really truly. But it's easier to love them if you don't spend every second sitting right next to them, picking up on all the annoying little habits they have. Pro tip; a good relationship with a sibling means never, ever eating popcorn near each other.

7. You've caught up on sleep, organized your room, done your chores and ran out of Netflix shows. What now.

There are very few things worse than knowing it's summer vacation, knowing you should be out having fun before another school year begins... and still being bored out of your mind.

8. In the end, though, you'll be okay

There's only so much summer to go around. Get done what you've been meaning to, talk to your friends frequently and get ready for another fun-filled school year in the coming fall. You'll need all the rest you can get.

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To The High School Senior Nearing The End Of This Chapter, Feel Free To Look Back

Trust me, you're going to want to.


Right now you can't wait to leave. You can't wait for that fresh start, new friends, independence… the list is never-ending. But coming from someone two years removed from high school, please take it all in. Take in those last goofy times in class. All those fun car rides in the middle of the night with your friends where you laugh so hard you cry. Spending all day long with the friends you've known your whole life… remember how it feels in your heart. Enjoy graduation and take lots of pictures. Remember to always remain in the moment during all of these events. Don't let anything ruin it for you. That carefree feeling you have right now and will continue to have this summer will pass whether you believe it or not. Adulthood crawls in quicker than you think…

You will be left with the memories of what was, never to see or speak to so many people you once genuinely had so much fun with. High school is such a unique experience and I believe many of us take it granted because it is a necessity. We look at it as a chore because of mundane things like it being boring and having to wake up so early. In the moment we fail to see how fun it actually was. It is often only afterward that we realize just what we really had in those 4 years. Admittedly, I never thought I missed much of anything about high school, and I especially never thought I would. But here I am, two years later and I'm just realizing how easy I had it. High school was hard, but when I say the real world is harder, please take my words to heart. I am a firm believer that high school, in general, is a massive bubble.

Not to say that the bubble is bad. But the bubble will break, and it's more jarring to some than others. So don't let it impact you in a negative way, be prepared for its impact and conquer it! My point is, know that high school is not supposed to be the best four years of your life, but it is a time of your life where most people have the least worries, and that is something you can't get back. Worries and stress are subjective, so of course, we all thought our lives were over multiple times in high school, but we shortly realized that was not the case.

Your last teenage years should be taken in stride. Don't wish them away for older age, enjoy them. You'll never get them back, so you might as well stay in the moment.

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