Monday, May 26, 2014

Down The Hobbit Hole: Post-Grad Life

Down the Hobbit Hole is a monthly segment penned by Maura, a senior at Michigan State University, finishing her undergraduate degree in English. She's also a lover of cats, great literature and Bruce Springsteen. Life's an adventure and remember: "Not all those who wander are lost."

Exactly two weeks ago, I graduated.

I walked across a stage in front of thousands of people, shook the hand of my dean and received a fake diploma (the real one will be here in 3-10 weeks).

After being in school nonstop for nearly eighteen years of my life, I finally got a break.

There were no more all-nighters writing papers, or hours hunched over Arabic homework. In my mind, it was a little bit like being free. For one solitary moment, time stood still and I was able to take a deep breath and rid myself of all the stress that had built up over the past four years of being in college. And then time resumed, and everything came rushing at me and hit me like a brick wall.

That’s what graduating is like.

It’s somewhere between taking a break and working harder than ever. And the only question that I get now is, “What do you plan to do now?” No one asks me how it feels to be done, and somehow, telling people that I have no idea what I’m doing doesn’t quite seem right.

But I don’t.

I have no idea where to even start. A part of me wants to take the summer off and do some real relaxing (that would be the part that checked out twenty books from the library in the span of four days), while another part is trying to move on and grow up.

This part, very responsibly, has begun its TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification and has started to study for the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations).

It wouldn’t be far off to say that I’m a little bit torn about what comes next for me.

To my fellow recent grads in the same position, tell me, how does it feel to done?

- MS

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