Life After Graduation

By Stefanie Fairweather

SAN ANTONIO—As graduation approaches the question of “what’s next?” continuously comes up. Upcoming graduates are continuously being asked “what are your plans after graduation? Graduate School? Work?” these pestering questions are making the last few weeks of their undergraduate career much harder. Many Our Lady of the Lake graduates are preparing themselves for their future whether that is joining the work force or continuing their education.

The post-graduate life is hard to adjust to just as “college life” was for many college students across the nation. Students have mentioned their concerns on whether or not their degree is enough. According to a study done by the Washington Post, an average of 27% of college graduates have a job closely related to their major. The question college graduates tend to ask themselves is “was all this hard work for nothing if I don’t get a job in my field?”

“It’s hard to believe that graduation is right around the corner. In a way I’m extremely excited about my future, but also I am very scared of what’s to come. I feel as though the biggest chapter in my life is finally coming to an end, but I know this new chapter is worth much more,” Social Work major Alexa Aguirre said.

“My biggest fear is not finding a job after graduation, I’m always wondering ‘what if I do not get a job related to my major?’ I can definitely say I have worked hard for this degree and I find myself ready to graduate and move on to the next phase of my life,” Communication Disorders major Ebonee Marquez said.

After four years of dedication to this university the hope is for OLLU graduates to know that there is always a home for them here. The OLLU community asks seniors to remember that this is not the end of an era, it is just the beginning of the rest of your life. To those graduating, use this time to look back on your career here at OLLU and all of the lasting memories that have been created here over the last four years.

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