Transitioning Into The 'Real World'

Transitioning Into The 'Real World'

The ability to believe in yourself can change your life

Baim Hanif

It is that time of year that everyone in school may be struggling or trying to pull through the last couple of weeks and finals coming up. Since I am experiencing a time in my life of transitioning to "real life" from the four year college life, it is important to value and believe in yourself especially outside of school. I have come to a realization this semester that it is so important to believe in yourself and take care of yourself in your personal life because you will feel happier and less stressed out.

I have called the University of Arizona my home four years ago and now I am going to leave it soon. People in this society think it is easy to transition from college to the real world but unfortunately, it is not. The University of Arizona was so meaningful to me these past four years. It has made me grow, boost my self-confidence, develop critical thinking skills, and meet so many friends that I am sad to leave. At the end of college, I will have thoughts about what I would want and wish for in my future?

Why is it so difficult to leave this type of life I made myself? I have been a part of so many clubs and communities on campus that changed my life completely and I would not be the same without them. In the moment of transitioning to the real world, I want to wish all my friends that are staying at the University of Arizona the best. My life is going to change but I will still stay in contact with my friends while I am transitioning to the 'real world' and my incoming future job. As a graduating senior, some people say to me aren't you so happy to leave college? The answer is yes and no. Why would I be happy to leave a community that made me grow so much? It is challenging to leave college because the last four years I developed a new life for myself and now I am in the process of applying to jobs to start my career.

One of the best pieces of advice I have received this year from my mentors and friends is "you have to wait patiently, you have so much to offer to this world." The piece of advice was very meaningful to me because it is challenging to be in the unknown. Next year my life will not be on a college campus. I will have a different daily routine every day and I will be going to work. It is very important for me to invest in all my friendships I have made at the University of Arizona these last two weeks of April before I wake up on May 9th and put my cap and gown on to celebrate all the achievements I did the past four years. I have accepted that I have a lot left to learn and I must look forward to it because it will only help me in the end while transitioning to the 'real world.'

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