On graduating

Graduation is a strange concept. For 20 years you’re a student and then one morning you wake up and you‘re the dang boss. Fully in charge of yourself–unless of course you hit that stage prematurely, and for that I sincerely applaud you. I, for one, only felt this sink in two weeks after graduation. Either way, the point is if you weren’t an adult before, you sure as hell are expected to act like one now. And that’s kind of scary.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have questions. How does one navigate this next chapter of life exactly? Is there a handbook for it? I’d like to take notes, maybe annotate.

More specifically, I wonder–can I still shop at Urban Outfitters? Do I just give myself my own spring break? Can I still DoorDash Dominoes at 1am after a night out–is that even acceptable? What is work-life balance?

It’s been exactly one month since graduation. Here are some solidified thoughts.

I miss waking up to seven heads every morning. I do miss the 24/7 roast. I miss group chats, pregames, dinner parties, and dance parties. I miss constant company and routine. I also really miss the teachers that mentored me.

To be frank–I do not miss hard alcohol. I don’t miss stress. I don’t miss letter grades or test scores or mental breakdowns. And what’s it all for anyway? A dang piece of paper?

Don’t get me wrong–I think a degree is an incredibly worthwhile achievement, an important investment in your professional life, and one you should be very proud of. But I don’t think that you should let it dictate the course of your life. If you have a dream that you want to chase, go after it. Before it’s too late. Life is too short for regret.

I am very excited to announce that I will be spending the summer pursuing music and exploring the creative industry. I reason that if I don’t give it a shot now, I probably never will. So stay tuned for original pieces–heading your way real soon. Oh, and if you have any tips on how to do real life, please send them my way.

That’s all for now. Thanks for tuning in!

– mkh