A couple weeks ago, I walked across a stage, shook hands with a bunch of people in funny outfits, and received my diploma from Tufts University.
I felt nothing during the entire ceremony. No tears, no laughs, no gushing excitement or sickening nervousness. It felt like somebody put me on autopilot for the entire thing. Then, 6 hours later, alone in my empty apartment room, I bawled my eyes out.
Right now, it seems that everyone you know—and maybe you!—are graduating from college. My school only has a ceremony during the spring, so though I finished my studies in January, I’ll be “graduating” this week!
Graduation is a great time to celebrate your hard work and accomplishments. However, things get expensive. Some of those expenses may surprise you, but the ones below likely won’t—and you should definitely be prepared for them. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
May is here, which means every college senior has officially begun to cling to their last few glory days. They also may or may not have already begun referring to their collegiate years as “glory days.”
With graduation around the corner, I’m a bundle of emotions, including, but not limited to, happy, depressed, excited, nervous, nostalgic, and xenophobic.
Oh, I’m also really, really poor. (Not an emotion, but definitely a cause for some of them.)
When it comes to new college grads, my generation is always good for passing along well-intended—but possibly less than stellar—advice (as Sasha pointed out last week).
I found Sasha’s post intriguing, not only because I’m a parent of college students who will eventually don a cap and gown, but also because I’ve hired interns. So, at the risk of providing even more unasked-for advice, here’s my two cents on the “worst advice” people told her.
It seems the closer I get to graduation, the more every relative, friend, and childhood acquaintance I’ve ever had wants to impart some piece of glorious advice upon me. Unfortunately, some of these are the worst pieces of advice. Ever.
Here are their top five nuggets of wisdom—and why each is so terrible.
Since graduating in December, I haven’t had time to think about my years as a college student. A new year is perfect for reflection, so I wanted to share some things I’m happy I did in college—and those I wish I had done.
For those of you with just a semester (or more) left in school, hopefully this list will help you think about what you want to accomplish before graduation.
For many students, December marks the end of college and the beginning of “the real world.” At least today’s tweet is preparing financially. Check it out.
Over Thanksgiving break, I was doing some homework at home (i.e., my parents’ home) when I needed something for the first time in a while: a glue stick.
I was partially appalled (my final year of undergraduate study involved work with a glue stick?) and partially clueless (where could I even find one?). I checked the boxes stuffed in my dad’s office closet, finding a glue stick, as well as my old high school, middle school, and elementary school poster-board projects.
Never did I think 6 years of horrendous science fair experiments could make me nostalgic, but they did. It hit me hard and fast: I only have 1 week left to be a student.
Ever wonder why the last bite of a cookie tends to be the sweetest? I think it’s because of the pleasure that comes right before the very end. Much like a senior year of college.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make my last bite be as sweet as possible. The following are five things I think every senior should do before they walk across the stage and suddenly become real people.
The other day, a random passerby stopped me on campus for directions. I knew who this kid was before he even opened his mouth.
Doe-eyed, soft-spoken, and shaking a bit from a mixture of equal parts excitement and nerves. If you had held a mirror up to me 4 years ago, I think I would’ve seen a similar person: a textbook example of a college freshman.