10 minutes, that’s all it took. I was sitting at dinner with my parents and their friends, politely, just minding my own business when I am addressed. “Bridget, so are you about ready to enter the real world yet?”
In my head my response is something like “HELL NO!”
However, out loud my response is more civilized, “Haha, oh not quite yet. I’m just trying to enjoy my last few college years.”
Then even more questions start piling on, “What is your major?” “What do you want to do when you graduate?” “Have you thought about grad school?” I hate every single one of these questions! It seems that every time I come home, some arrangement of these questions is being asked. And every time I am asked these questions I start to think, “Is it bad that I don’t want to think about that.” I just want to be as carefree as possible!
However, my dad doesn’t let a subject like my future drop that easily. We got home from dinner and I get the squeeze on the shoulder and my dad telling me to sit down so we could talk. I start to think I know exactly how this conversation is going to go.
Dad: You know Bridget, you can’t stay in college forever. If you are thinking about grad school, you need to start
thinking about it now!
Bridget: I know Dad.
Dad: Don’t brush this off, you work hard so you can accomplish the things you want.
Mom: Pete, stop pushing her. Let her make her own decisions.
However, the conversation went nothing of the sort! Thank you Jesus!
My Dad started telling me how when he graduated from college he was extremely restless. All he wanted was to get out of town, and as soon as possible! He told me about his bike trip to Alaska (he lived in Indiana) and how he missed an opportunity to work for an extremely talented accounting firm. The best part about this conversation was that he told me it was the best deadline he ever missed and biking to Alaska is one of his fondest memories. He encouraged me take a year off after I graduate. Live a little bit. Travel, stay in hostels, and experience the world when I have nothing to hold me down.
My advice to any senior who just has no freaking clue what in the world they want to do after graduation is this: live a little. There is no need to go to grad school or even get a job right after undergrad! Some companies are looking for students who have experienced the world too.
I’m Still, Big Red