You’ve worked hard for 4 years—4 long years. And before that, it was 12 long years. You think, I’ve gone to school my entire life. I cannot wait to be done. I never want to take another class or write another essay ever again. Now I’ll have all this time to…
To do what?
What are you going to do, now that no one is telling you what to do? Do you have a job lined up? Are you going to travel? With what money? Going to Coachella fifth year in a row? Yeah, right…
But fear not! I have been victim to these spiraling thoughts. It’s enough to make you feel as though you will never have a career that you love. It’s enough to make you regret busting your ass to put yourself through school.
But don’t give in to these thoughts. The key is to be open-minded. You might have thought the time for experimenting was sophomore year of undergrad, but let me assure you, you will find out more about yourself the year after graduate.
Will you keep pursuing your passion? Will you pound the pavement and laptop keys applying for jobs, knowing you probably won’t get a call back? Will you give yourself to an unpaid internship, even though you have a degree?
The answer to this question depends on your experience, but for most people, it should be yes. It should be an echoing and proud YES!
Here’s the truth—you’re competing with everyone who has a four-year degree. Everybody has dreams. What’s going to set you apart is your endurance and resilience.
I’m going to be honest with you—you may have multiple jobs (I have 4). And you are not going to like few of them. But no matter what, do not lose sight of the big picture.
This next year is a speck of dust in the grand scheme of your entire life. But it is the foundation of how hard you will scratch you’re entire life.
You may look out at the indefinite future and all you see is fog. Be patient. Keep walking. Eventually, outlines of potential futures will develop. Shapes of passions and goals will emerge. The fog is going to subside and then you will see it—the prize. And all those people that choked at the sight of the fog will never get the prize, because they chose to sit at the edge.
So even if you have to wait on tables at night and intern unpaid to fund and feed your dreams, keep your eye on the prize.