Hey senior! What’s up? You are probably wondering why you are reading this. It could be out of boredom, or maybe because like me, you are one of those people who are fond of reading random things on the internet. Well congratulations! A few months from now you will be graduating. I know you have things like term papers, dissertations, feasibility studies, theses, or whatever you are working on right now, and you are doing great–believe that you are! I know how it feels to be you– excited yet pressured and overwhelmed. Maybe even scared about the idea of graduation day nearing. The good news is, most of you will triumph over these academic hardships, but some will fail for the meantime. That is true. So to those who wouldn’t make it, do better at school while you still can. And to those who shall advance, welcome to the beginning of something harder.
In school you can outshine a class for your academic prowess. But this is just an edge, and never a guarantee for landing in that precious dream job of yours. Indeed there is a sea of opportunities available for you. All you have to do is narrow down your options, and select the choice that suits you best. It is wrong to hold on to the thought that there are limited job openings. The issue is not the number, but competition. Opportunities are everywhere, only that employers have the propensity to choose the best candidate with skills and abilities suited for the position, that is why as an applicant you always have to give your best foot forward. By saying this I mean you have to be open to the possibilities of rejection. You may be invited to undergo a lot of interviews before reaching that goal to finally earn for a living. It’s going to be tough out there, and you have to prepare a lot to be your best. But worry not because soon you’ll get hired. Trust me.
However by sharing these thoughts with you, I regret that I feel I have not maximized my stay in the academe. Don’t get me wrong I can say I finished my course pretty well, did fine in my job interviews, got hired in a good company, but I just feel there are so many things I still have to learn. Now that I am working, it seems to me I have not really learned a lot of things. Mind you, once you start working especially for desk jobs, things will be a routine and everything is going to be boring. Learning slows down, and the quest for knowledge fires up. I don’t speak generally about the rest of the workforce but this is what I always feel. Maybe this is why some professionals seek to further their degrees by pursuing MAs, MBAs, or even LLBs. But for some, especially those who can’t have the chance because of conflicts in schedule and financial constraints, sadly somehow it is the end of the line. For some adults it is difficult to juggle between work-life balance, what more if you factor in education and family to the equation? What I am trying to say is that soon you’ll miss school and at some point of your professional life you’ll forget about so many things the academe has taught you. Someday while casually daydreaming in the office, you’ll remember fancy terms such as cognitive dissonance, or theory of mind, or maybe meconium then you’ll realize you have forgotten all these things and this might even make you wonder about how much you really have acquired. We know the limitation of the human mind, sure–THAT PEOPLE FORGET THINGS, but have we really learned enough to forget these pieces of information? Certainly, there is no learning in forgetting, and this is what I miss about being a student–the idea that everyday when you attend a class, when you read a book, or when you ask questions and get the best answer, you are guaranteed that by the end of the day you learn something new.
So to those who are graduating this year, MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR REMAINING MONTHS NO MATTER HOW DRAGGING THESE DAYS ARE. DO YOUR BEST IN EVERY SUBJECT EVEN IF YOU HAVE TONS OF PAPER WORKS PENDING. READ YOUR LESSONS, ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS, AND LEARN, LEARN, LEARN, LEARN. Ask yourself how much have you acquired. Are all these enough to prepare you for something grand? Soon you’ll be immersed in a different setting where you’ll learn things not by theory but by practice. In the corporate setting there will be no lab instructors, no professors, no “smartest kid in class” who will teach you things you have to know about. Everything will be different, and all you have is you. For now, help yourself grow by learning from school. Otherwise at some point of your professional life, you’ll regret not knowing the things you should have known.