Stop Asking What I'm Going To Do After College If You're Just Going To Suggest Something Else
Start writing a post
Student Life

Stop Asking What I'm Going To Do After College If You're Just Going To Suggest Something Else

It's called the dreaded question for a reason.

Stop Asking What I'm Going To Do After College If You're Just Going To Suggest Something Else
Lauren Barnette

Listen... It's called the dreaded question for a reason. Sure, coming into college we might think we have it all figured out and know exactly what we want to be 'when we grow up,' but after three major switches and four years of growth, we have changed our minds and struggled with the answer to that question enough in our own head. We understand and appreciate your interest in our future and how we will support ourselves, but our post-graduation plans are not the only thing we want to talk about. We are more than our career plans.

BUT the worst of the worst is when after asking the dreaded question you proceed to then tell us something better or different to do instead as if you have spent the last four years learning about different industries and researching the market to see the salary, responsibilities, and overall enjoyment factor of possible careers. And, when we don't seem very interested in your idea of a better option please for the love do not continue to push it as if you're certain you're right. When we do have an answer to this question, being berated with the idea that our choices are wrong or less-than has the potential for us to feel like we no longer know what we do want, but only that we certainly don't want what others have suggested in place of our original choice.

At the end of the day, whether it's two weeks, two years, or two decades after college we will all end up doing something we love, and supporting ourselves. We will figure it out. For now, it's refreshing to feel like where and who we are right now is an interesting enough topic to discuss. Help us feel like we are enough right now instead of reiterating that we will always need to be ready for the next step. One of the best qualities to have when interviewing for a post-college job is confidence in one's own abilities, and by showing interest in what we've already accomplished instead you can help us land those jobs you're so worried about!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. How many of these useful items do you keep in your own bag? We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again.

Keep Reading... Show less

I personally love using song lyrics as my Instagram captions, especially from songs that I love or that mean a lot to me, and I happen to love Harry Styles and all of his songs! So I made a list of lyrics from each of his songs that you could use in your next Instagram caption.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone's been here. And, truthfully, it sucks. But in order to move on and get past something you need to allow yourself to feel it for what it is--all of the heartbreak and pain--and then you can start to take steps move on.

Keep Reading... Show less

11 Christmas Movies You'll Remember If You Were A 2000s Kid

Because I'm still reminiscing about simpler times.


The Christmas season is coming to an end, but it's not too late to get some last-minute movies in! Unfortunately, this year didn't look like a typical Christmas. While we can't have any big Christmas parties or family gatherings, we can still celebrate at home! Christmas is the best time for nostalgia, and we could all use some warm and fuzzy feelings as we wrap up a tough year and enter a new one that hasn't been proven any calmer, either.

As a kid who grew up in the 2000s, I can think of some of my favorite staple Christmas movies. If you're looking for recommendations or just a walk down memory lane, check out the list below.

Keep Reading... Show less

9 Reasons 'The Wilds' Should Be Your Next Binge Watch

The Wilds is the Best New Show on Amazon Prime


As we enter the new year, you might be looking for a great show to kick-off 2021. Look no further, I have the perfect recommendation. "The Wilds" was released on Amazon Prime last month and has been gaining traction steadily since then. This series of 10 one-hour episodes tells the stories of eight girls who find themselves on a deserted island after their plane crashed while they are on their way to a resort. Unlike other survival shows, there's a bit more to the story than what first meets the eye. This show is unique in characters, storytelling methods, and plot.

If you aren't convinced yet, allow me to provide you with a list of further persuasion.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Therapeutic Ways To Be Adventurous During The Pandemic

Add some music to reduce the COVID-anxiety a bit and perceive your surroundings as the elaborate setting of a land far, far away from home


Even if we are not traveling abroad at the moment, we can still travel locally while maintaining social distancing and preventative guidelines. Sometimes, the little things in life seem the most fascinating and joyous to us compared to the flamboyant luxuries that we perhaps have a wishful desire for.

So, as a potential remedy for our travel necessity, I have listed 5 alternative ways in which you can relish your traveling desires during this pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Things TikTok Made Me Buy, And Now My Life Is So Much Better

Where would I be without my Revlon hair dryer or CeraVe skin products?! Thanks, TikTok.


TikTok is a great way to see what products are trending. People are sharing tips and tricks about items that they use to make their life happier, healthier, or just easier.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments