Post Uni – a slap of reality

I guess you can say I pictured finishing my degree a little differently to the ‘up in the air’ lifestyle that I’m living. Go to university, get a good job, live a successful life; those were the simple 1, 2, 3 steps, right? Well, a slap of a reality has definitely proven that wrong.

Maybe my image of being a graduate was a little hopeful. That’s not to say that for some people it really can be that easy. But, as much as I wished for a lengthy hibernation after sitting my last lecture, it was impossible! 30 job applications later and 5 seasons of Breaking Bad, my life was nothing more than a waiting game. Time moves a lot slower when you’re waiting for a ‘life changing’ opportunity.

And if you thought having three assignments due in the same week was painful, that was simple compared to answering the same question of everyone around you, ‘What are you going to do with your life now?’ In my mind I went back to when I was 14 and asked the exact same question with a much clearer map of my own life and where I imagined I’d be right now.

But, the biggest thing I’ve realised when it comes to graduating is that it’s okay not to have an answer. What we often forget is that after steps 1, 2 and 3 comes 4, 5, 6 and many more after that.

University is a place to ponder your life, to realise your wants and desires, to have the time to be able to tick all those little things off your list of life achievements. Being a student is more then the underpaid, overworked cliché. It’s a time to travel, make life long friends and really nut out where you want to be in five or ten years.

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Wearing the hat and a sleek black gown was not only a confirmation that I survived three years of drinking too much coffee and having less sleep than what I thought was physically possible, but also the realisation that I could do anything. So, for now, whenever I get asked what I’m going to do with my life, the answer is easy – whatever I want.

Guest Blogger: Bradley is an over-excited and sometimes charismatic journalism graduate from UTS. He enjoys talking people’s ears off and taking #selfies – you can connect with Brad here – Instagram: BRADBIRNIE, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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