Senior year in college can be a scary and daunting period of life to be in. Some students are applying for graduate school, while others are looking for jobs post graduation. Looking for jobs can cause anxiety for many people because most students are looking for jobs in their field of study, but may not be able to find available positions.
Students usually have applications in for graduate schools, if they’re applying, by the fall semester and they’re receiving the news of if they are accepted to their schools or not during the spring semester. The time between applying and receiving responses can be incredibly stressful for students and depending on the response, it can either relieve some worries or be even more stressful.
“Waiting for the responses from the schools I applied to has been really nerve-wracking,” said Allyson Reynolds, a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh. Reynolds applied to many schools but her top choice is Ithaca College.
“When I got the email that Ithaca accepted me I was so excited that the rest of the schools almost didn’t matter,” she said.
Which graduate school a student is accepted into, like undergraduate school, also decides where they will be spending their next few years while they study. Some students apply to graduate programs at the school that they did their undergraduate work at, so they won’t have to figure out a whole new school. Other students apply to graduate schools closer to home or if other schools have better programs, then they could decide to choose a new school farther away from home.
Many students take the opposite route and decide that, after undergraduate school, they want to jump right into their careers.
“Once I graduate in May I’m going to be looking to get a job close to home,” nursing major Briana Kuhl said.
After she graduates, Kuhl will know what she needs for her future career as a nurse, so she won’t need to continue her college education.
Kuhl will need to take the National Council Licensure Examination after graduation to officially get her nursing license.
“I could go to med school if I really wanted to, but I like where I’m at right now,” Kuhl said.
Even if you’re unable to find work in your field of study, there are still so many options in life that may interest you. Choosing to go back home after college to figure out what to do next or even taking a full gap year are very common. This can be an opportunity to do things you may not have been able to do if you jumped right back into school or a full-time career.
Taking time off after school can also be a great time to dive deeper into what you’re passionate about. You may be surprised and could end up on a completely different career path than you may have expected.
Post college graduation looks different for everyone and even though you may not be doing the same thing as your college friends, it doesn’t mean that you’re on the wrong path. Figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life is a huge decision and there’s nothing wrong with taking some time to settle on what you believe is the right way for you.