What Now? What’s Your Plan for Life After College?

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By: Ada Taylor
Editor
In a couple of months, those of us who are seniors will be wondering “What now?” _ especially those who will be graduating in December. However, if we begin preparing now there will be fewer people moving back home and more of us moving on to a career.
 Now, this is not to say that there is something wrong with moving back in with your parents. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, a whopping 45% of all college graduates move back home after graduation.
 This is for a plethora of reasons, the main reason, of course, is money. The large majority of seniors graduate with tens of thousands worth of debt, and many simply have nowhere else to go. However, this is no excuse not to have a plan.
Whether or not you live with your parents/guardian after graduation, your goal should be the ability to support yourself and you should be working toward that goal at all times.
 Here at Tennessee State University, we have multiple resources and opportunities that will help you do just that. For example, a Career Fair was held in Kean Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 26 with the specific purpose of assisting juniors and seniors in their search for a job. That is, of course, for those juniors and seniors who are actively searching for a job, and therein lies the problem. Unfortunately, many students receive their degree and become content. They feel as if they have accomplished the goal but students sometimes forget the bigger picture _ their career.
Going from college straight into your career is not always possible but it is also not the only option. After all, a degree is the new diploma. In this day and age everyone has one, and in the current economy, it is likely that you will need more. This leads us to those two dangerous words we seniors like to avoid – Grad school.
 I mean didn’t we just give the school system 17 years of our life, if not more? Well yes, but there is no limit on knowledge and opportunity, and grad school is your opportunity to focus your goals. Not only can you become more advanced in your chosen field but you can sometimes change your field entirely. You do not always have to major in the same area for your Master’s degree as you did for your undergraduate degree.
All in all, there is no room for complacency. Contrary to what you might not have been told, graduating does not mean you have crossed the finish line. Graduating is a reason to celebrate, but it is never a reason to slow down.

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