“As we go on, we remember, all the good times, we had together…” With graduation right around the corner, the school year is coming to a close. Last-minute assignments are being turned it, group projects are coming to an end, and finals are bearing down on everyone, just barely separating us from freedom. Many of us, from freshmen to seniors, will go on to work at internships, summer jobs, careers, or we’ll simply use our butts to keep that pesky couch in our parents’ basement from floating away. Sometimes relaxing is a full job in itself!
The important thing to remember about summer is that, no matter how much we want it to be, it’s not the carefree thing it once was. In summers after college, there’s more importance placed on finding something worthwhile to do, and using your time wisely. In other words, becoming an adult. So while away, don’t forget to try and capitalize on all the experiences you gain. Going abroad on a trip? Write down important events and encounters to bring up in interviews. Working a casual summer job? Look at ways to develop skills that are important to employers. Have an internship? Work hard and diligently. You never know where it could lead. With all these worries floating in your head, rest assured that the Career Development Office is still available during the summer. Call, email, or drop in for a visit if you have any questions about translating the skills you are learning into real-life experiences.
For some of us, our “last summer of college” was a year ago. Now, as we prepare to graduate, we are getting ready to become real adults. It’s terrifying. We’re 22 years old, and somehow supposed to manage our lives? Who’s going to schedule my doctor’s appointment? Who’s going to cut the crust off my sandwiches? WHO’S GOING TO SLIP ME MONEY? There are a lot of unanswerable questions out there.
As we move on from Xavier, the important thing to know is that the community is still here. Whether we’re starting a new career in a new city, giving service, going to grad school, or spending some time at home to look for a job, we have the tools and resources to keep us motivated. Xavier taught us a lot, and will be there for us in the future. As alumni, we get a lot of perks. One of them? Being able to continually use the Career Development Office services. From resume review to job-searching databases, and regardless of how many years gone we are, they will continue to provide us with the help we need.
So enjoy the next few months and beyond. Whether you’re a freshmen or a senior, Xavier will always be here to help along the way.
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