Anyone else running on empty?

It seems as soon as the phrase, “I’m a senior,” is uttered a flood of questions is doomed to follow.  What are you doing? Are you excited? Where are you going? How are you getting ready?  Automatically I would say: I applied to grad school, I can’t wait to graduate, I am leaving Albany, and trying to get ready for all of it.

But before I can worry about any of those things I need to make it through my last semester.

Over the past four years as an undergrad at U-Albany semesters have breezed by at a quick but steady pace.  With four classes, an internship, and extracurricular activities I’m hoping I will be busy enough this time around to speed time up.  However, as midterms loom on the horizon I can’t help but wish I had just given myself a break and coasted to the finish. We’re only halfway through and I already feel like I am sprinting to the end.

I know that working hard through the finish will pay off, but how often have we heard that, “work hard now and it will pay off later.” Come May it will be later, and it is a bit stressful to be on the edge of achieving our goals.

More questions flood in as we approach graduation: What have I done? Did I make the right decisions? Am I going to have the future I want?  Right now we are all waiting to find the answers to these questions, and there is nothing to do but wait.

One of the things that is making them harder to answer is the uncertainty of the job market graduates will be entering. This instability is one of the main reasons why I have chosen to continue my education in graduate school.

To be honest, going back to school is one of the last things I want to be doing next fall. I’ve spent almost 20 years in school and I am over being a student. But at the same time I have to be realistic about my future.  Do I think I could get a job after I graduate without going to grad school? Yes, I’m sure I could, but getting my masters degree is going to give me the job security a bachelors in journalism and art cannot.

Over the next few months that is what I am going to be preparing myself to do. I wish I could say that come May I will have finished my career as a student, but I just can’t seem to pull the umbilical cord.

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