The Post-Grad Life

By: Amanda Guillen

“Have any plans after graduation?”

For most college seniors, this question is just plain annoying. You’ve probably had to answer it a million times.

If you plan on more schooling like medical school, law school or getting your masters or doctorate, that question is a piece of cake. If you have a job, it’s a pat on the back for you.

But if you don’t have a job or plan on taking a year off, be prepared to explain yourself.

Personally, I love this question. Let me clear up a few things first. I’m graduating in May and my answer to that question is: I sort of have a job, I’m sort of taking a year off and I don’t plan on going to school again – ever.

Now you may ask: Why do like that question?

Maybe because I love hearing myself talk and I could go on about myself for days. But I also enjoy answering because that question makes me realize that I am (sort of) young and have my whole life ahead of me.

Although I already beat the unemployment route and have a “back-up plan,” I still have so many options.

What if I want to be an entrepreneur? What if I want to travel around Southeast Asia taking yoga classes? What if I want to move back home, save money and get a great apartment in a year?

I can do all of those things and I can do none of those things. That is why I love the annoying question “What are you doing after graduation?” Because I don’t know… and yet I do.

It pushes me to figure out what I want to do and what I don’t. I know I don’t want to go back to school (against my father’s wishes). I know I want to travel. I know I don’t want to be unemployed and living off my parents. I know I want to be independent and stable but still have fun and enjoy life.

So although I haven’t answered the question with a straight answer, I can do anything after graduation. And I will.

So ask me again, what am I doing after graduation?

Everything.

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