So last week, I had a bit of a meltdown. A pre-grad crisis if you will, freaking out about what comes next before I even get there. So this week, I’m trying to fix that in the best way I know how. By eating lots of ice cream and watching old episodes of Gossip Girl making a list. But not just any list, a list of post-grad goals for myself. They’re rather vague but they are things worth working towards, things that I actually want to achieve someday.
1. Find a job that makes me happy. I double majored in English Literature and Philosophy. Not exactly majors that have a set career path. And so in the past four years I’ve contemplated everything from lawyer to information technology assistant to Food Network star (mostly just so I could co-host with Bobby Flay) and I’m really no closer to figuring out where I’m going to end up. But even if I have to take a few starter jobs along the way I am eventually going to choose a career that makes me happy, whatever that may be.
2. Get my masters. I’m not sure if I’ll be starting grad school in the fall or not, but I do know that I will be attending at some point. And not just because some statistic somewhere says that some number of people who get their masters are some percentage more likely to make a higher salary (I want to write…who am I kidding, anyway), but because it’s a personal goal of mine. I’ve always been a lover of learning, and even though I’ve had my fair share of complaints about classes this year, when it comes down to it all, I really do enjoy it. So I want to get my masters. At some point.
3. Try not to get those post-grad blues. Last week I got just a little bit freaked out about my potential post-grad plans. But I went back and read this post and reminded myself once again that there’s nothing wrong with me because I don’t have all the answers. I’m doing my best, and that is good enough, and it will work out. Even if, months from now, it doesn’t seem like that.
4. Experience this post-grad chivalry first hand. Dating doesn’t exactly exist in college. It’s more hook ups and breakups. Boyfriends and friends with benefits and bad decisions. And sure, that all has its benefits, but a functioning relationship out there in the world? Man, I can’t wait to get in on that action.
5. Enjoy the perks of no longer being a college student. No more classes. No more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks! Ahem. Excuse me. I was five years old again for a second. But no. Seriously. I think this column has clearly covered that there will be ups (read: no more papers) and downs (read: no more three-day weekends) to the end of my college career. And I need to make sure I’m not forgetting about the perks of post-grad life. Like all of these right here.
See? Now I have plans…
Someone get me a margarita.