DEAR, GRADUATES


Lifestyle / Sunday, July 12th, 2020

Hello, hi. Welcome back guys .

It’s grad season! Sort of, kind of.

Things are a little different this year but the sentiment remains: a whole bunch of us are tapping out of the education system. Some celebrations are in order, so this one is for the Class of 2020. For those who despite the circumstances, were able to graduate university. On a normal day, university is a whirlwind filled with a some good and bad moments. However, in the midst of a pandemic and social revolution, many of us were expected to continue business as usual. Hand in assignments, give presentations over Microsoft Teams and sit our exams. Truly crazy scenes.

The finish line is in sight. Now, if like me, you somehow made it to the finish line with little to no support from your university? I need you to stop what you’re doing and really understand what that means. Honey? You did the damn thing. However, I know a whole bunch of us are thinking about next steps. We’ve all spent such a large portion of our lives in education, so what comes next? What’s the move?

This constant thought of “what’s next?” despite being vital for deciding our future, can also be a double edged sword. We don’t live in the moment and celebrate our achievements. On top of that, I feel like the age of social media contributes to people forgetting to applaud themselves and their achievements. You see others doing “better” than you and you discredit how far you’ve come. You compare your grade to their 1st class, or you compare your next steps to theirs. This is your daily reminder to stop that, now. While Twitter has been a pure place recently with everyone celebrating their wins and the whole array of grades they ended up graduating with, I want to make clear that Twitter should not be allowed to have any type of power over you. It should not make you feel inferior for however long it took you to graduate, whether you went to university or whether you got the same grades as anyone else. Here at Quite Frankly, we don’t believe in comparing journeys and processes. If you’re new here, that’s our mantra on these sides.

Another thing, graduates. Please don’t run yourself mad worrying about next steps. Whether it be a grad job that hasn’t come yet or your uncertainty about starting a Masters (of which I spoke about a little – here, things haven’t changed, I’m still drowning x). It’s ok to take some time to really think about what you want to do, and if you know what you want to do and it just hasn’t opened its door of opportunity for you yet – keep the faith. You graduated during the wildest of circumstances, you are more than capable. Things are just hard right now.

And finally, to the class of 2020. The real world? I can’t help you with that one yet. I’m still figuring it out. However, there are now new hurdles we’ll have to face. Job-hunting is a drag, a whole bunch of us want to move out and the current climate is breeding an air of uncertainty for future generations. My point is, don’t let the fear of what is to come overshadow this achievement right here. Something I always tell myself is “when I get to that bridge, I’ll cross it” – in other words, tomorrow’s problem will not dampen my happiness for today.

The future is coming regardless, how we let it affect our mind and mood? That’s up to us. As of now, I’m still on the high of somehow completing education during this period. That’s a different type of flex and some of you are forgetting. As per usual, I’m here to ensure you don’t. To the class of 2020, well done. No matter what comes next, that “well done” doesn’t change.

See ya’ll in the next one.

with all my love,

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