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There is Life After College Graduation

Ian Aman, a 2006 graduate of the University of San Diego, wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after college graduation. His short-term plan was to work for two months as a camp counselor in Hawaii. Though that may not sound like an ambitious career, the experience was invaluable.

“I majored in education and quickly realized that teaching just wasn’t for me,” Ian says, of his summer experience. “I used the first 30 days after graduation to explore my options and see what I could do with my major beyond teaching.”

Chances are you’re feeling the way Ian does—confused about your direction in life after completing roughly four years of academic work as an undergraduate. More than 1.5 million students complete their college degrees annually, and it’s virtually assured that every one of them is anxious about life after college. You've likely experienced a number of emotions—from excitement and relief to uncertainty and terror—at the prospect of entering the real world.

During this new phase in your life, you can expect to go through a variety of changes and emotions over the next few weeks. Along the way, you’re sure to hear every graduate’s least favorite question: “What are you going to do now?”

You have a lot on your plate, from searching for a job to figuring out your living arrangements to plotting your finances. With all of these variables, this can be an incredibly confusing time. Remember, however, that you’ve achieved a lot and reached the point where you can finally live life on your own terms.

Though Ian embarked on his post-college career with some anxiety, he seized control and eventually figured out his calling. “Ultimately, I decided to take the route to grad school to get my master’s degree in counseling,” he explains.

Ian found his way, and you will, as well.

Posted: 10/3/07