Anxiety for the "REAL WORLD"

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    Apr 02, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    Now I know that this might be unimportant to some, but I just wanted to get something a fear of mine off my chest. For the last 4 years I've been expanding my knowledge by attending a 4 years institution. Throughout my time at Washington State University, I’ve managed to make an enormous amount of friends, some who I will always carry with me wherever I go. On my "stumble", to those glistening BA’s, and I use that literally icon_cool.gif, I have managed to change my major endless amounts of times, and I’m happy to report that I’m satisfied with the majors I have ended up with. I have met wonderful people who have touched me and people who have shattered me to the core.

    Now that i have less that 4 weeks before graduation anxiety is upon me. i know that it's exciting to end, at least for now, my academia embargo and confront the deep, dark real world. Im excited to move to California and start a new page, meet more wonderful people, and the warm sun icon_biggrin.gif.

    Anyways enough of that;

    AH ok, i feel much better now.

    Wish me luck
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    Well I think what you are experiencing is pretty common. Anxiety and excitement about what lies ahead is an appropriate emotion.

    When I graduated from my 4-year Psychology program I did not have the faintest idea what I wanted or could do. I took a year off and weighed my options, applied to Psychology graduate school and MBA. Wrote the entrance exams, etc.. The business schools all accepted me, and the Psychology schools all rejected me so my decision was easy.

    All the best in the next stage of your life.
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    I know quite well what you're going through because I've been there a few years ago. I remember the pressure of having to find a good job, so my family and friends won't be disappointed (taking many classes with my brother who was a valedictorian with a 4.0 gpa
    surely doesn't help LOL), wondering if this is the right career for me, etc. However, I found out that I enjoy working in the real world much more than being in school. I learn more in my first year working than 4 years in college. Most important, somehow along
    the way, I learn to appreciate who I really am and enjoy what I do for me, not just for my family anymore. Anyway, congratulation, and wishing you all the best!!!
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    Apr 02, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    I think many of us can understand where you are coming from. When I finished my undergraduate work, I went to law school in a different institution. I had been quite involved in my college and had a little bit of an adjustment. I wanted the new school to be like the old.. nothing ever is, and while I did get involved during law school with a variety of activites, everything was much different... actually it was intriguing.

    Your personality and flexibility sound great, I'm sure you will do well whereever you are at. Enjoy your final month with friends at your school and know that you will retain those and make great new ones in the next phase of your life! Best wishes....
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    Apr 02, 2008 11:23 PM GMT
    Igz:

    I DO wish you luck. Take one word of advice from your grampaw here: if you find that you aren't suited for the work you've chosen, or just plain don't like it, don't be afraid to strike out in a new direction. I've had seven (!!) career changes; I've enjoyed them all, and I'm enjoying the one I'm in now, which I suspect will be my last.

    Stay mentally flexible, and enjoy your life. It's an exciting time.

    Gramps
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    Apr 02, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    jprichva saidIgz:

    I DO wish you luck. Take one word of advice from your grampaw here: if you find that you aren't suited for the work you've chosen, or just plain don't like it, don't be afraid to strike out in a new direction. I've had seven (!!) career changes; I've enjoyed them all, and I'm enjoying the one I'm in now, which I suspect will be my last.

    Stay mentally flexible, and enjoy your life. It's an exciting time.

    Gramps


    Ok, I just have to say: you are the best gramps! icon_biggrin.gif