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December 31, 2023 at 10:31 am #1127357

I was very scared of graduation and the unknown of post-grad when I was in college. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and we were on the cusp of the great recession. So I went to a graduate program without thinking too hard about it because they offered me a full-tuition scholarship. (More on this in a sec.) Even my friend who seemed to have it all together — she had a job offer in finance at a tech company in Seattle on graduation — freaked out once she got to the PNW. (Like, at one point got back together with the random guy she’d dated for a hot second in our college town the summer after graduation even though she didn’t like him, she wanted support and companionship while she adjusted, then dumped the guy right before he was supposed to fly to visit her. Well, he flew out anyway figuring he’d take a solo trip. He got mugged so she ended up having to spend time with him anyway since he had no other contacts locally to help.) The transition is an adjustment for everyone.

As someone who went straight from college to grad school, only to not want to use that higher degree in a traditional way, I urge everyone to not go to grad school until they have a fairly clear idea of what they want. It’s expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. I was still in debt even with the generous financial aid.

Set up a time to talk to a career counselor. You can find a part-time campus job and internships this way. Presumably your college has a school of public health. You can probably find some student opportunities there. You should also probably talk to a therapist for the residual trauma.