Frustrations of a College Grad

Graduating from college is an exciting, yet very scary milestone in a person’s life. With the troubling economy on many of our minds, more students are worried about life after graduation.

As a college student anticipating obtaining my second degree in August, this feeling is all too familiar. The thought of not being “good enough” for jobs or struggling for years to come puts a very dark cloud over a moment that is supposed to be monumental. While I’ve managed to control my anxiety and fear of failure, others around me are definitely feeling the pressure.

I realized a long time ago that I wanted to own my own business and I committed to that realization. I’m working a side job to supplement my income, but I still am working toward that dream…I will never lose sight of it. Fortunately for me, the fact that I have a growing small business keeps me from obsessing over jobs BUT it doesn’t stop me from being frustrated about college. Sure I’m getting my masters this summer but that’s because I like to finish the things I start. If I could go back in time, I would have never even applied. It has not been worth it. Grad school has been nothing but research…I have not gained any additional knowledge that will help me perform by job better. Some of my classmates don’t have enough PR experience or “know-how” to even get them an interview…so how does having an additional degree help in the grand scheme of things?

I feel like college is a set-up. You are sold this dream of being better off. Of course being educated is wonderful and I do believe in using everything as a learning experience, but I really feel like we’re paying for the piece of paper (the degree) and not getting a return on our investment. Most people cannot afford to pay for college themselves because of the outrageous (and sometimes unjustified) tuition costs. So we take these loans out with the hope we’ll be marketable enough to get a job that will help us pay them back.

Most of us are marketable enough, but the economy isn’t like it was as and when a lot of us (class of 2006) entered college. So now, we can’t even secure a job to pay the loans back in the first place. With interest rates rising we end up owing more than we borrowed and Sallie Mae will get her money back. No doubt about that.

So what do you do???

I know I will not be attending school anymore after this. I’m done. I plan to continue to refine the skills I’ve developed and build more skills while creating my own version of success. I don’t have it all figured out but I’m determined to make it work. I hope those around me can figure out a way to sustain themselves through this difficult time. If you’re reading this and you don’t know what you’re going to do – STAY ENCOURAGED. Figure out other ways to generate income. Be creative…surround yourself with positivity and realize that if you have a lot going, one of your ideas is bound to work!

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