Post Graduate Distress

July 31, 2009

It’s been 2 1/2 months since graduation. I finally received my diploma in the mail in a small cardboard envelope congratulating my efforts. I even got woken up from a call on my cell phone – it was some overpaid sucker sophomore from my school, “thanking” me for my “generous donation” (a whopping $25) and welcoming me to the Young Alumni Association. Woohoo. Thanks – now please let me go back to sleep.

It wasn’t until the week after graduation that I started to envelop the concept that I wasn’t going to be returning to school in the fall. And after that, it was as if I was going through the stages of grief – or more like, the stages of Post Graduate Distress, which consisted of the following:

Denial: Aw nah, I can binge drink on weekdays. No problem, it’s not considered alcoholism because I’m still in col… oh wait.

Anger: So you’re telling me that I’ve applied to 50 places for jobs and I didn’t hear back from ANY of them because I happened to graduate at the wrong time?! The economy? Pay cut? They rescinded my job offer because they don’t have the budget for it anymore?! GRR!!!

Bargaining: Ok, well, maybe if I go back to school and get a second bachelors… maybe if I worked at my school I can feel like a student again… maybe I can live in my sorority house as a house manager and still go to mixers and crush parties?

Depression: Wow… I can’t believe this is actually happening… college is over… what am I going to do? I don’t know what to do… I knew I should’ve studied more, why did I get a degree in the most useless major ever?

then finally,

Acceptance: Ok, breathe. It’s time to move on – I need to find a job. Here I am world – let’s see if you can handle me.

I’m pretty sure I’m somewhere between denial and anger at this moment, but I’m looking forward to the end of August where I can finally accept it once I see everyone else with their eFollett packages and new Herve Chapelier bags. It’s gonna be a good, long cry.


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July 31, 2009

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