"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
Commencement was over a month ago (35 days to be exact) and the fact that I am a college graduate still has not fully registered. Sometimes I wake up in a panic at 10 a.m. thinking that I overslept and just missed my 9 a.m. lecture, but according to my transcript, no more undergraduate classes for me because my B.S. in Biochemistry has been cleared and granted. So with a bachelor's degree under my belt, what does that mean exactly?
Well first off, along with the other four hundred 2010 CBS graduates, I have reached an educational milestone. All of the all-nighters during finals week, hours in the lab, and cans of energy drinks have paid off because with a college degree, not only will we earn on average twice as much as workers with a high school diploma over a lifetime, but we have also opened the doors to new opportunities and taken a step forward in our futures. Graduating from college is quite an achievement, so congrats to all of the 2010 graduates!
But as amazing of an accomplishment that is, does that mean us college graduates are "done" and we can rest on our laurels as we coast through the rest of our lives? The reality is no, we aren't done and if anything, it's only the beginning. After all, graduation is called "commencement" for a reason. So what is that next step?
For some it means going onto professional school or entering the workforce or traveling...the possibilities are endless. For me, I will be attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Medical School this August and will be chronicling my experiences in this blog during the next year. The closest thing I have done to a blog was a diary I kept in 2nd grade and updating the "About Me" section on my Facebook page, so I am excited to have this opportunity to reflect and share!
Maybe my blog will make your laugh or cry or even put you to sleep, but if anything, I hope it makes you think. One of the biggest things I have learned from my college experiences is that one of the best ways to learn from each other and our stories. So I hope you are ready for more stories to come...