The word graduation rings many bells in people’s minds. For a lot of us, it means the end of a long, exhausting journey. For graduating seniors, it is a complex set of emotions, that sometimes even they cannot identify. Read on to get a glimps into the minds of “The Seniors” right before graduation.
1- So what are you going to do after you graduate?
I asked this question to a bunch of seniors from different universities and there was a high rate of uncertainty that terrified them. Almost none of them knew what they were going to do and one of them told me something very significant, “A lot of us have hopes and aspirations of what we want to do, what really scares us is the little opportunities we get to pursue these ambitions, which leaves us in a constant fear of disappointment.” “There is always the concern, that what if I am dreaming too big, or what if I do not achieve what I strive for?”
2- How do you feel about graduating?
When I asked this question to the same group of people, I discovered a new wave of fear, the fear of transitioning into full responsibility and missing college lifestyle. “I cannot see my life anywhere else but in university. The fact that I will be going somewhere else every morning is horrifying. I am going to miss this very much.” Another said, “I am so used to coming to university in the morning and seeing my group of friends, that I think I will be coming to campus just to see everyone I know on a regular basis.” “I am not ready yet! This is happening way too fast.”
3- What is the number one concern for you guys?
Military service was the main concern; every guy expressed his dread over the matter. They also mentioned how they hope to get exempted after they graduate.
4- Are you going to stay in Egypt?
Most of the people just shook their head as a matter of fact. “The job opportunities here are null, but the question lies, where will I go and how long will it take to find myself there.” said an Engineering student. Another said that they wanted to pursue higher studies abroad, but that a lot of arrangements need to be made beforehand. “We fear the unknown in general, so moving to a new place, and starting over with new people and culture and sometimes language is not that simple, especially if you are on your own. It is sad that the youth of the country can’t settle in it anymore.”
5- Other fears
“My parents will want me to get married, once I graduate. I have no intentions of doing so anytime soon.”
“What if my boss or work mates are annoying or unhelpful?”
“I really want to be in constant contact with my college buddies and hang out with them often. I do not want it to end on the graduation day.”
“There are so many expectations, I mean you are expected to make money AND save it.”
“What if there is part of my job that I dislike or find difficult? At least with courses we know it will not last long, but with a job, things are unknown.”
“Interviews make me twitch with anxiety.”
“With college, there is a certain level of freedom. But work is more demanding and this means I must enjoy senior year as much as possible. No pressure.”
These fears and hopes might seem less significant to us as we sit back and hear them out, but keep in mind that when we are in their shoes, we might feel exactly the same. Good luck to all the graduating people out there! We are right behind you!