What makes college graduation surprisingly awesome

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What makes college graduation surprisingly awesome
May 29, 2017 by Orr Fellowship

Kasey Woomer

Kasey Woomer 5/30/2017 8:10
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Fact: Senior year is arguably the best year in college. What’s not to celebrate as being the “kings and queens” of campus?  As Seniors, we know the ropes, we’re spending time with the people most important to us, and for many of us, we are finally taking the classes that you have wanted to take.

Yet, despite all of this, senior year can still leave that anxious feeling in the pit of your stomach.  Whether it is the fact that summer breaks are ending, your housemates of many years will be leaving, or simply because you can’t show up to class 5 minutes late in your pajamas, that feeling of “adult” life, might make you anxious.

Another fact: graduating is awesome! Your young professional career should be the best time of your life yet (yes, even better than college). If you do it right, you should love the life you build for yourself after graduation. Here’s why:

  • You have a degree! You did it! You made it through the pain of all-night studying and the the sometimes, seemingly pointless core curriculum. You worked hard, and now you can go out in the world and make an impact.  Having a degree from a university is a powerful tool. According to The Huffington Post, less than 7% of the world will obtain a college degree. You should feel #blessed and accomplished.
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Now that you’ve graduated, you get to find a real, full-time job. Instead of being the young summer intern, you are seen as a respected team member. While starting your career is a lot of work, it’s incredibly rewarding. Learn how to kick your career into high gear this summer here.
  • Real money – This might sound crass, but it’s the truth.  On-campus jobs barely can afford you fast food, ramen and drinks for the week.  For the first– and possibly only time– in your life, you will have more money than you know what to do with.  (Unless, like me, you still have student loans, and then you know exactly what you’re doing with it.)
  • Adventure – So what do you do with all this extra time and money?  Absolutely whatever you want.  Love to travel?  Do it.  Always wanted to skydive? Go for it.  Have an idea for a side business? Why not?  Life is short, and your 20’s are prime freedom time.  Do you want to be the 70 year old telling stories about “the good old days of Netflix” or about that time you climbed an active volcano in Indonesia?
  • A sense of accomplishment – First of all, you finished something.  According to The Huffington Post, less than 7% of the world will obtain a college degree, so that puts you in pretty exclusive company.   Gone are the days of muttering “internship” under your breath as your aunts and uncles smile politely.  There is nothing more satisfying than telling your relatives at your graduation party that you do, in fact, have a real, full-time job.  

The takeaway: college was a blast, but you have so much more to look forward to. Post-grad life is even better.  Trust us! Of course, with programs like Orr Fellowship, you can maximize your first years out of school, and set yourself apart from the crowd.


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