It's okay to have no clue what to do after graduation

It's Okay To Not Know What's Next

As graduation is rapidly approaching, more and more of my friends are scrambling to figure out where they should be and what they should be doing. But it's totally okay to have no idea what's next.


Here it comes: Graduation. This day brings so many people so much joy. Finally free of school! No more late nights in the library, no more 8 a.m. classes, no more finals, no more term papers. Finally free! But, amidst all this joy and relief, you realize that the end of college means the beginning of something else, the rest of your life.

People in college fall on a spectrum all the way from those who (like me) have known what they want to do since a very young age to those who have literally no idea all the way up through the second they get their diploma. This is totally normal. Figuring out what career you want to stick with for the rest of your life is a terrifying prospect. Even within my own certainty, I changed my majors and minor at least four times before settling in where I am. Even then, I took so many outside classes that I was interested in, I ended up with an accidental double major. There are still days where I wake up and question if college was even the right choice for me if I should have chosen a completely different career path.

Graduating brings a whole new level to this uncertainty. It feels like all of my friends have jobs lined up, have graduate school, have a year off, a fellowship. The small group who have no clue what's next feel alone and overwhelmed. There is both a world of options and nothing to be found when it comes to the job market and graduate school.

Some people do have their minds made up because it is a path they decide to follow. People who want to be doctors got to medical school lawyers go to law school, accountants get a masters and (sometimes) a CPA, religious leaders go through their own training, etc.

But, people who do not know where they want to be, what they want to do can find this time to be nerve-wracking. It's totally fine to not know. One of my best friends, one of the happiest people I know, had no clue what he wanted. He actually took time off college and worked jobs he did not like to pay the bills. After years and after so much trial and error, he found his passion and is starting his own record label.

Life is about figuring things out. Ask some people and they'll tell you what society has ingrained in their heads: you have to know what you want to be starting in high school, get as much experience as possible, and devote the rest of your life to working. But I do not believe this is a way to live. Yes, you will be able to find a job and make money in the respective field you decide to follow from that young age. But, I think we were put on this planet to do more than grow up, work, pay bills, and die. Don't you?

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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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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.


As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.


What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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