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Close To The End

Christos Yiatrou C'22

mount st. mary's university campus

Welcome back Mounties! As it gets close to the end of the semester, everyone is starting to look for internships and for us seniors, jobs. I’ve got to say that this semester has been one of the most overwhelming periods of my college career because it’s still hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Usually, I would look forward to graduating, but there have been moments of fear. It's fair to say that we get distracted with what the future holds for us, and we begin to forget to live in the moment.   

During my Senior Seminar class, we’ve had the opportunity to speak with recent Mount graduates and alumni. They all had different experiences in their journey and were able to share some valuable lessons with us as graduation approaches. One of the biggest takeaways that constantly got brought up is giving ourselves a break. We might not realize it yet, but when we graduate from college our lives completely change. For the past 16 to 18 years all we knew was school and now that those obligations will soon be over, we are left with a lot of time on our hands. What we do with that time is totally up to us.  

I think we are often pushed by society's standards and the people that influence us to get a good job right away even when we don’t know what we want to do with our careers quite yet. The reality is that the dream job won't come right away and what we think is a dream job now may not be five years from now. This has really prompted me to think about what I want to do after college. At this moment in time, I’m not thinking about going to graduate school nor do I want to think about it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve had enough school for now and want a change of pace in my life before work.  

My plan for post-college is largely dedicating a couple of months, maybe even a year, to myself. I love to travel to other countries and watch soccer; it's been a passion of mine since I was a child, and I never really had the opportunity to fulfill it until now. The pandemic has shut down many of my plans for college. Ideally, I wanted to do several study abroad programs, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Of course, things don’t always go the way we plan, but that doesn’t mean we just give up.  

I’ve been working hard over the last couple of years, and I never was able to give myself a genuine break. The last time I was on vacation was well over four years ago, so its safe to say that I’m overdue. As students and people in general, we owe ourselves some type of vacation, especially considering how chaotic the last two years have been. As great as it is to have a job lined up after college, there's no reason to worry if you don’t. Take a break and recharge your batteries by doing what you enjoy; everything else will fall into place. As cliché as it sounds, many people have found success in following their interests and passions into a job, so why can't I? 

Since the beginning of the academic year, I’ve struggled with the idea of what to do after I graduate. As I am still trying to formulate a career path, having something to look forward to rather than worry about gives me that extra push of motivation. Just weeks away from the end of the semester, I am starting to see the light at the end and it's relieving. However, it doesn’t give me an excuse to stop working. I’m not done yet. 

Thanks for tuning in for another week of blogs from My View of MSMU. We are approaching the final weeks and I can't express how grateful I am for the feedback I’ve received from many of you.  See you all next week! 

Christos Yiatrou C'22