For every year before 2017, I was able to clearly state exactly what I’d be doing the following year. For example, if you had asked me “hey Alena, what will you be doing next year?” in March of 2016, I would have told you with confidence that I would be finishing my last year at Brock, living with my boyfriend and I’d be working and enjoying an on-campus job. And all of that did come true, but now, looking ahead, everything seems blurry.
As someone who is always looking and planning ahead, you’ll understand when I say that this year is scary for me, just as it may be for other soon-to-be graduates. Because unlike every year that’s come before, I’m uncertain of where I’ll be a year from now, and I’m sure that other graduating students feel the same worries.
But fear not my fellow graduates, it’ll all be okay, I promise.
For a lot of us graduates, we are going to feel lost. It’s going to be weird going into the summer knowing that it’s not just a summer vacation and that we won’t be returning to Brock in the fall. It’s going to be weird not being a big part of the university culture anymore but you know what, that’s totally fine.
Although becoming a graduate comes with a whole load of emotions that we’re both dreading and excited for, it is also an immense accomplishment that we can and should be proud of.
More so, I know that we are going to be entering a new and exciting chapter of our lives, even if we may personally experience some form of an identity crisis after leaving Brock.
Because after four long and wonderful years, we will no longer be a university students, we will no longer be Badgers. Of course we’ll always be alumni but let’s face it, that’s just not the same.
As hard as it may be for some of us, it’s important to remind ourselves that another chapter is beginning and that we can’t stay in school forever.
Although it can be hard to go from having so many personal identities being linked to being students, especially for those who have been involved in University life outside of their education, such athletics, on-campus jobs, clubs and etc., there will be other exciting things in our lives, some that arise from our hard work at Brock. We just don’t know what it’ll be yet. And maybe, just maybe, that’s the best part.
The beauty of uncertainty may not be something that we’re accustomed to, but there’s more to life after university. After all, why did we come here in the first place?