The graduation transition

“Congratulations are in order for all the 2016 graduates!

First take a moment and look around. You earned this. Breathe in everything, no one can take this away from you. You worked hard, made sacrifices, and never gave up; all for this moment. This is a moment you dreamt of and some thought was impossible, yet you continued to push forward. Crying throughout some nights, struggling to wake up, and dealing with unyielding sometimes evil professors.

Take another moment and look at how much you have grown since leaving your parent’s arms. Sometimes the distance between you and your family was grim and petrifying yet other times it was refreshing and gratifying. You have learned how to become more independent, you are officially adulating! The obstacles you faced when you were 19 seem almost comical now. You are a different person. You have thicker skin. You have more focus and higher sense of determination. The adventures you never thought would become a reality are now looking you in the eyes.

The new journey you are entering is limitless. Limitless. Do what you’re scared of. Take risks. Move to your dream city, country, continent! Apply to the job that makes you happy, apply to the job that makes you scared, apply to the job that you may not get. Work hard, harder, and even harder to accomplish your goals. Don’t settle for less, you didn’t acquire all those loans just to have a job that just simply pays your bills. Fight for a job that fits your soul. Do what makes you smile. Do what you have been preparing for. Do what you want. Don’t let an arbitrary goal or time stamp prevent you from living your life. Remember that you don’t have to live someone else’s life, this is your journey. This is the transition to another journey in your life. This is the time to make mistakes, discover yourself, and experiment.

Realistic conversations after graduation…

“What the hell am I going to do now?”

“Why is no one calling back?”

“What am I going to do with my life?”

“Why am I still at this dead end retail job?”

The transition may not be easy, you may struggle and want to give up. Keep fighting. Focus on your goal, look at your goal everyday, and do what it takes to make it happen. It may involve having a few jobs at once, going back to school, traveling, reworking on your resume, and asking for help. Through your highs and lows you will continue to grow and truly see what you can handle. You are stronger than you think, your skin is thicker than you ever knew, and you will reach a new level of determination that you didn’t know you could reach.

Trust me, when things get tough and you think you’re a failure take a moment and look around…

You are strong…

You are powerful…

You can…

You will…

Take another moment and think about your goals, they will become a reality due to your relentless fight! ”

A college grad who struggled more than you know

 

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundaments.”

          – Jim Rohn

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  1. Victoria Fields April 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Powerful! Thank you for the post. I loved the inspiration

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