“We are next in line” is a not a lyric from a song to us anymore. As the graduation gets nearer, it becomes a reality and a challenge that we must face. This “real world” thing might frighten us and strike us with uncertainties, but at the end of the day, there is only one question left; what is life after college?
The fact that we never get to control things gives us these hesitations about the future. The moment we step on the real world, everyone hopes that we deliver the goods. We are supposed to make a great impact in the field we chose. We are expected to survive. For the countless expectations that might be thrown to us, we need to anticipate that things will not be easy for us. Just like what Paulo Coelho writes in one of his novels; “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready yet.” Trials are always there. We might lose hopes for not finding a good school that hires a new teacher. We might encounter rejections for still-not-a-LET-passer reason. We might heard clichés like “we’ll just call you” after a heart pounding interview. We might face people who will undermine us because they think that they are far better than us. We might be uncertain on the extent of what we can do. We might have students who will challenge our patience and competence.After a long and tiring day,we might feel that our hard work is not being paid off. Everything may come along the way to weaken or to strengthen us. We are in a place whereas the only people that survive are the fittest.
Despite of all the numerous things that can bring fears and doubts to us, there is still the feeling of excitement and readiness that hide deep within us. We just need to let the positive vibes flow in us. We must be the I-can-do-anything kind of person in a you-are-not-going-to-make-it world. In case of a hard time finding our ways to get out of the negative feelings, we need to think of every reason why we are chasing this path. We can never hold the future and design our lives like a building. All that we can do is to explore all avenues and do not be afraid of trying things out. All success starts with failure and the only sure thing is that we are going to make mistakes. If this happens we need to get back to the drawing board. Life after college is a make or break. Everyone should take every effort to contribute positive changes in our field. Fears, doubts, and all the negative feelings are just manifestations that we care about our future. If we overcome those feelings, there is no way for us not to succeed. All that matter is we know our strength and we are ready for the worse things that will test us. It is certain that we are the people that are next in line and everything beyond that line is UNEXPECTED.