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What’s After College

My time in college is steadily coming to an end which got me thinking about what comes next? Society has placed a plan in people’s heads on how to navigate life, but in all honesty, I am not sure what’s next. I have a lot of passions yet it feels as if I have so little time. Apart of me feels that this is a slight pre-midlife, but not a mid-life crisis. Although I know that I will have great opportunities presented my way, I still can’t help but think about what does the future outside of college even looks like? And recently with my obsessiveness on TikTok, this question and response have appeared a lot.

What is life like after school? For sixteen years all I have known is school. Yes, I have taken up jobs and internships here and there, but they have never been a career-like atmosphere. With all this in mind, it gets me thinking, what is a future like outside of the realm of academics? The only answer I could come up with is I do not know yet, especially as a person who still has countless dreams and things they want to accomplish. 

On one hand, I am ready for that next big step but on the other hand, bills are intimidating for me. I do not like paying for my apple and Spotify subscriptions now so I can only imagine a car note. Although I am at this odd crossroads, I am excited about the journey after college. My life has been consumed by grades and academic activities- I feel like graduating gives me another fresh start. A start that goes beyond typing paper and studying for the big biology test. 

Even though I am still figuring it out, I am glad that I do not have a structured planned-out life for my future after college. Although some would say that irresponsible, the way I look at it is, where the wind takes me that’s where I am meant to be at the moment. All of this is just to say the next chapter in my life is going to be great.

Ayanna Burgess is a junior at the College of Charleston, pursuing a degree in Communication. A native of South Carolina, Ayanna enjoys finding the best restaurants in town, browsing around local record shops, and writing poetry.
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