It’s almost Halloween, which means I usually have a blog post about, well, Halloween and maybe I still will but I am absolutely swamped with assignments this week. I’ve felt overwhelmed before but this quarter takes the cake. Have mercy!
I also discovered yesterday that I have 6 or 7 additional classes that I have to complete before I can graduate. What a kick in the gut. I thought I was going to be done in the spring. Nope! I’ll still get to participate in the graduation ceremony in June but I won’t officially be done until the summer, or fall, or I’m still holding out hope for this lifetime, depending upon when the remaining classes I need are offered.
The bright side is, I keep telling myself, is that I’ll be able to gain a lot more experience this summer before I enter the job market next fall, whether it’s an internship or lots of volunteer work. I’ll be gaining hands-on experience and important professional contacts, which I do need. I also won’t have to spread myself so thin trying to take on 6 classes a quarter just trying to finish by a specific date. Still, it’s a major bummer. I was really looking forward to being done.
Well, it is what is. I’ll just have to suck it up. I’m definitely not the first college student to find out they have extra classes to finish before they’re able to graduate. A friend of mine thought she was done and even went through the commencement ceremony. She cried. Her parents cried. It was a wonderful day. A few weeks later she thought she was opening her official diploma but instead received a letter informing her she hadn’t met all the graduation requirements. She cried again. Cue the Price is Right Loser Horn.
I just hope that after all of this work, sweat, tears, years, and debt that it will have been all worth it. I think it will but there’s days when I question it all.