It’s almost that time of the year again where many will be leaving to face bigger realities of life. Most students are looking forward to it, because it is the prize after all that they are going to get after running an unbelievable race for the longest time. It is associated with high hopes, with confidence, and with pure idealism.
But before taking that step that will leave you out of the university for good, be warned. I know you are raring to conquer the world and be Master of the Universe in your own given fields, but do not be fooled into thinking that the life out there is all rosy and bright. There are many secrets they kept from you in school.
They did not tell you that the ‘real life’ out there is one of the harshest kind when you are going on and on about wanting to take the plunge. They did not tell you that the state board exams you will be taking can be really rough, and worse, that you have not learned all that is basic therein, which you will later find out when you sit with hundreds and thousands of people in the review center of your choice, clueless. They did not tell you that chances are, once you step that foot out of the university, you will then be an unwelcomed addition to the thousands and thousands that are listed as unemployed in the country; and worse, you will have no immediate idea as to how you will get along with your days because all you really knew was to go to school every waking day of your life for the past several years.
The truth is,there are going to be tough days ahead after attending that commencement exercises, but the good news is, there is also a way for you to beat the odds and rise above the roughness of it all.
The trick is to keep your focus and be objective about everything. The harsh real world can be played like a war game: it needs planning and strategy, and most importantly, you keep a solid attitude, one of the right kind that will take you places. When the going gets tough, have a tougher attitude to go with it. Use all the maturity you muster to collect in all your years to think ahead. Use all your remaining time in school to devise a plan on how you will get by after leaving, explore your options and use what little time you have left to make possible connections. Think about what you want and should be doing after all this is over, come to think of it, it is only a matter of time.
What is important is that you do not allow yourself to be idle. Find a job, work, volunteer, or study further if you have the passion, ambition, and means. Keep yourself busy because some tend to loose the drive to ride the wave of their profession once vacant for a long while. Be creative and maximize all your potentials, just never ever allow yourself to fall into a rot.
Now the state board exams is another story. Anything can happen, and most of the time it has nothing to do with how mentally equipped you are. There are only three things I can say about it: study, use your common sense, and pray the hardest! Do not think you can by that easy. That’s suicide!
Many things will surely come along, and I bet it will be accompanied with lots of hits and blows. It is not torture at all, but it is called life. There are millions of obstacles that though scary are also very exciting to conquer. Numerous challenges await outside the gates of the university but there is no reason to fear them, but caution is necessary. Going naively blind into the real world can lead to an ugly crash. But it doesn’t mean when you have it all mapped out it ends up full-proof. There is no such thing, so expect what’s unexpected.
So much is at stake out there and as you embrace it, come what may, do keep in mind that nobody has the insane power to make it all perfect, but I bet all of us are entitled to a gazillion chances, no matter how many wrongs we incur, to make it all right.
NOTE: This is for the column I keep at the university paper called Going in Circles. This is my last column for the paper’s last issue for the AY 08-09, and my last as an editor for the paper.