School is a major part of life. Whether you went and made it to your high school diploma or you went and earned a bachelor’s degree, it’s no secret that there is a love/hate relationship with school. On some level, I’m sure we’ve taken education for granted. Of course, this isn’t to say people aren’t grateful for the educational opportunities they’re given, but more so that we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone.
I was definitely someone who looked at school as a burden as well as a blessing. In high school, I was very involved with extracurricular activities, but schoolwork was the death of me. Although I did well in terms of grades, it was a terrible struggle clawing my way to the end. Graduating high school was exciting. Finally, I’ve been given the green light to pursue an education geared toward what I want my career to be.
Fast forward four years and I’m finally graduated from my bachelor’s program, but not without a fight. The last few weeks leading up to graduation were one of the most stressful I’ve been through. A day did not go by where I was working on a school project, studying for an exam or finishing up homework assignments. I felt like I was running on low, but in all honesty, it was one of the most liberating times of my school career. Although yes, schoolwork was becoming an increasingly difficult task to complete on a daily basis, it got me thinking of what exactly I was getting out of my education.
If there’s one thing anyone should take away from graduation it’s the connections you’ve made during your time in school. It’s definitely a cliché but think about the opportunities you can create from just keeping in touch with that one friend you made in that psychology class. The networks you make in school are the ones that can potentially help carry your career from entry level to full-fledged leader.
Career options aside, let’s not forget about one main thing to reflect upon post-graduation: the memories. It’s hard to go back on your years and remember every single moment, but the moments that made a major impact on your life are the ones worth remembering. Reflect on the moments you and your friends pulled all-nighters together for that one real difficult midterm but ended up having lip sync battles with each other. Reflect on that time you went to your first party and had a blast. There are so many memories to laugh and reminisce about, but in all honesty, graduation isn’t the end of anything, but the start to an era that will define who and what you’ll be in the future.
It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to school, especially since it is the main safety blanket for those who are still trying to figure out their life goals, but graduating only holds opportunities for those graduates as long as you go out there and seek them out. Go ahead and flip that tassel to the other side of your cap and say hello to the scary, intimidating and downright exhilarating world we call adulthood.