With graduation three months away, my thoughts follow the same pattern just about every day:
"What am I going to do after May 11? What am I going to do, what am I going to do, what am I going to do?"
I always assumed that after four years of college, I'd have an answer by now. That's the way it's supposed to work, right? But senior year is a time of transition, and I've never been so unsure about my next step. On one hand, it's exciting to think that there are so many opportunities open to me right now. But on the other hand, it's just terrifying.
Luckily, there are resources on campus for students like me. Right now I'm enrolled in a career "launchpad" course, where we talk about everything from resumes to LinkedIn to salary negotiation and financial planning. It's sort of forcing me to face all my post-graduation anxieties head on, and to start developing a plan. It's also nice to be in a class with other seniors who are in a similar situation. I think a lot of us are a bit overwhelmed right now, but it really does feel like we're in this together!
I've also been keeping an eye out for workshops and career fairs on campus. On February 22, I hope to go to the Career Blast at the Campus Center and talk with some employers. It's an event that's open to students of all years and majors. Then, on February 24, I'll be attending the Women of Isenberg conference. I'm looking forward to hearing from UMass alumni and attending some of the workshops offered throughout the conference.
I'm hoping that with this work and preparation, thinking about my next step won't be quite so intimidating anymore. So what's next after graduation? I feel confident that after four years at UMass, I'll be able to figure it out. But don't ask me just yet!
P.S.--Last week, the Super Bowl snuck up on me and I hadn't thought about what to bring for watching the game with my friends. I ended up making a loaf of this super simple no-knead bread. All you need is flour, water, yeast, and salt, and all you have to do, pretty much, is mix the ingredients together and let the dough rise on the countertop overnight. Easy! Plus, right-out-of-the-oven bread is always a hit.