My graduation was last week, and I am proud to say I am an Economics graduate. It was an emotional day for me as I know how much work I put into achieving my goal. I was done with exams just before summer and it didn’t sink in completely at first because nothing had changed much. It only started to sink in after a couple of months when I started applying for jobs.
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It’s such a whirlwind of emotions. Everything in my everyday life changed and therefore what I expected from myself to change too. After over a couple months actively looking for a job, I’ve realized that there are many things nobody tells you about being a graduate and looking for a job. It changes your life in many ways and though I knew in my head that it would make a big change, I wasn’t expecting all the other aspects such as doubting yourself sometimes, freaking out about not having your life figured out, questioning your entire life choices/degree, feeling poor and worst still not being able to make plans too long in advance just in case you get called in for a job interview, the list goes on. Being optimistic is what helps me to take each day at a time. There is so much to be grateful for in life than filling your mind with so much worry.
On that note, I thought I might share with you a bit of a story or testimony. Looking back a few years ago, I was not able to university straight away due to financial circumstances and it pained me to see all my friends go to uni. Nonetheless, I went on to do care work for about 4 years as a source of income but deep down I knew that wasn’t for me. Fast forward to a few years later I went to a uni of my choice and never let the fact that all my mates had graduated way before me, stop me from pursuing my dream – Even though some people always find ways to frustrate you by questions such as “ when are you graduating?” would annoy me sometimes . However, I simply focused on my own journey because we all walk different paths in life.
Like the saying goes “UKUTANGILA TEKUFIKA”- Bemba. ” The first may not necessarily arrive first.”
Most times we think that in order to get ahead we should take shortcuts, Well the truth is there are no shortcuts in life. The only way to truly make it in life is to focus on your own journey and progress.
Enjoy the rest of your week.