As this semester is coming to a close, more and more of my friends are posting Facebook statuses about finishing their final projects or exams of their undergraduate career.
I can only imagine how stressful it is right now constantly being asked about what you plan on doing next, or how job applications are going.
Take some time for yourself – go travel, go work abroad … Do something you want to do! Once you start the long road of employment, you will rarely find the time to do the things you want, whenever you want. The job market is tough right now and having a bachelors degree might not be enough; there is nothing wrong with going to college to pursue a post-grad; there is nothing wrong with spending a (few) year(s) working abroad, getting paid next to nothing, doing something you’ve always wanted to do.
To the graduating class of 2014, I just want to congratulate you; I want to congratulate you on all of your successes, but more importantly, I want to congratulate you on all of the challenges you have overcome the past four (five, six or even longer) years of your life. I have had the pleasure to see so many of you grow and come out of your shells, and for some, I have had the honour of growing alongside you.
To my friends who are graduating: Thank you. Thank you for the all of the memories we have made together. Thank you for being you and welcoming me into your lives.
Once again, I want to wish all of you, the graduating class of 2014, all the best in the future, and congratulations on completing your undergrad.“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass