As graduation approaches, CSUSB seniors reflect on their college experience and future plans while anxiously awaiting commencement. With their college days nearing an end, some students are experiencing a wave of mixed emotions, from excitement and pride, to fear and uncertainty.
Graduation can evoke a number of questions, and perhaps the most prominent question of them all is “What will I do next?”
“It’s kind of scary to think about life after graduation,” stated CSUSB communications senior Cecilia Beccera.
“I want to travel. Learn more about this place we live in. Taste amazing food. Live a happy life surrounded by family and friends. My next move? Just keep adventuring,” added Beccera.
Health science major Melissa Polo has big plans after graduation.
“I will continue my education in a master’s program in Fall 2016. My dream job is to work as a health educator in the Inland Empire and coordinate public health efforts to better our community,” stated Polo.
While students may be stressing about planning their next move, some still find solace in looking back at their favorite college memories.
“From staying up late working on Local Matters, to sneaking across the UH basement hall to the Chronicle newsroom to play cards with the editorial staff, procrastinating on projects and papers or skipping class to go on food runs! They are all memories I cherish. They all had part in influencing who I am,” concluded Beccera.
CSUSB communications major Alazzia Gaoay reflected on her experience with a Filipino club called Lubos P.A.S.O. and Coyote Radio, stating, “I have found my passion of what I want to do in life here at CSUSB.”
“I have acquired knowledge from the most passionate and brilliant mentors here, and I have been blessed with working with the most talented and hard working individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” added Gaoay.
CSUSB senior Ryan Libby shared a similar outlook on his experience with Coyote Radio and stated, “It allowed me to use technology that will help me land a job. I became more comfortable talking behind a mic, and it enhanced my skills speaking in front of people. It is something I will be proud of as I start my alumnus journey.”
Though I have encountered seniors with generally positive outlooks on their college experiences, it has not always been a “piece of cake,” so to speak.
Gaoay added, “There were many struggling times with money, balancing school and work, and commuting from the high desert. But I’m not one to complain because that’s life, and those hardships are part of the process of growing up. What’s success without failure, right?”
Many students might agree the hurdles make it worth it in the end. To my fellow seniors, I’d like to congratulate you on your achievements and wish you luck in your future endeavors.
In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”