The anticipation of graduation can be fun and exciting. It can also be not fun and leave you an emotional train-wreck. If you are graduating, congratulations! You are amazing. And if you have been feeling a lot of feelings; we want you to know that what you’re going through is completely normal.
You have probably felt one or more of these feelings this semester:
- You want it to end.
You’ve worked too hard for too long, and you’re ready to move on to the next phase. Finals? You’re pretty much over them. Grades? Who cares. Wedding receptions? You’ve had enough. You’re ready to move on.
- You don’t want it to end:
You’ve come to love BYU and now you are being forced to leave; and there is nothing in this world that can make you whole again. You’re feeling all the feels right now and it’s ruining you. Please stay calm. You will get through this.
- You’re tired.
- You’re hungry:
- You can’t quite put your finger on it…
Graduation is a big deal, and taking this necessary step in life is just downright emotionally taxing. We get you. Please just take a moment to relax. Treat yourself to a J-Dawg or a half-gallon of Graham Canyon. These emotions will pass.
- You dread the thought of leaving your best friends.
The friendships you make in college are unlike any others. You and your squad have been through a lot together. Football games. Break-ups. Staying up until 3 am watching Netflix and pounding buckets of ice cream. The list goes on.
We can only imagine how you are feeling as you prepare to graduate. You and your girls/bros are splitting up and you can hardly stand it. You miss them every second. You text them constantly.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be at risk for chronic best-friend withdrawal.
- You’re okay with graduation and you can’t wait to leave and you can hardly believe more people aren’t as happy about this as you are.
Do your dance, graduate. Do your dance.
- You are SURE you will do great in grad school and you’re gonna walk in there like…
You are correct. You are going to OWN grad school. If at times you feel uncertain, here are 9 Signs you’re ready to be a grad student.
- You have no idea what you’re going to do with your degree.
If you’re still searching for a career, Check out BYU Alumni Career Services. They can give you the connections you need to be successful after graduation. Also, remember that we do not get degrees for the sole purpose of landing a job. We develop knowledge and skills needed in other areas of life. For example, a college degree can help you be a better mother.
- You already have a job lined up and you’re chillin’.
If this is you, we’d like to congratulate you on your success and let you know that we’re totally jealous of you and we kinda hope we stay friends so you can buy us dinner sometime.
Be happy graduates. You’ve earned it. Stay in touch and good luck with the rest of your life!
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Which of these emotions is you right now?