Hey Graduates, Don't Worry About It
By Savannah Ho
You’ve finally done it. After four, maybe five years of diligent studying and hitting the books, you’re finally graduating! After claiming your degree, there’s pressure to put that degree to use in finding a job. There is also the daunting realization for graduates that are single: meeting that special someone just got immensely more difficult.
But the first thing you should do is stop worrying and take a deep breath. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you to figure all that out. After the big celebration, take it easy.
Sure, some of your friends might already have a job lined up that they are going to start the week after graduating. Don’t let that discourage you or make you feel inadequate. The job market is in a better state than it has been in years. The odds are in your favor. Even if it might take you a whole year or two to land that first white-collar job, you will get it if you’re actively applying to jobs and keeping that resume of yours in tip-top shape.
If you get rejected after an interview (and trust me, you will get rejected a few times), take it as another practice run at excelling in interviews. If you’re not joining the workforce immediately, take some of that well-earned free time to enjoy your newfound freedom from the shackles of class assignments. It is not uncommon for college graduates to take a trip somewhere with their friends before diving head-first into investing into their 401k. With the existence of companies such as Airbnb and HomeAway, traveling to luxury destinations is now more affordable than ever.
For you single graduates out there, sooner or later, you’re going to think that you’ve missed your chance at finding your soulmate. You’re wrong. Yes, you’re no longer surrounded by tens of thousands of people your age every day, but if you never worked up the courage to approach that cute classmate for four years, you probably never would have anyway. This just means your special someone isn’t someone you’re going to meet on campus. Chances are, you might run into someone at your local coffee shop or concert you attend in the summer.
In any case, with services such as Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel, online dating is generally more accepted by our generation now. Plenty of couples meet through these apps, or even through Instagram, where someone slid into the other’s DMs. With the internet being so quintessential to our daily lives, it’s not outrageous to believe that you might meet your special someone online.
You already spent nearly half a decade worrying about getting your life together so you can graduate. Now that you’ve reached that milestone in your life, you shouldn’t take on more unnecessary worries. Think of it this way: when you’ve nearly graduated high school, you probably worried that no college would take you, and now you’re graduating from college. Everything fell into place back then, and it will now, too. What you need to do is let yourself relax a little, and take it all in.