I’ve Graduated. Now What?

Last Thursday, I finally got my diploma. Now it really feels like I have graduated.

I would show you my diploma, but it is still in the box that it came in, and I feel lazy. And since I paid for it to come with the frame, it is heavy, fragile and very pretty. I plan on taking a few photos, but the dress that I ordered still hasn’t come in. So just believe me when I say I graduated.

For a while now, I have wanted to talk about what I planned to do after I was done with school, but it never seemed like the right time. And honestly, there will never be a right time. So why not today, and will do a series about my university experience. I have stories to tell, and tea to spill. Hearing other peoples’ experience, from tv, books, real life, was completely different to what I experienced. And its okay because everyone’s experience is going to be different and what you make of it. I plan to talk about my experience, racial identity, how I failed a class, memorable moments, favourite classes, lessons I learned and anxiety. Honestly, the list could go on and on.

I want to share my experience with others and to look back on.

Entering my last term of university, I had a laid out plan.

  1. Good grades
  2. Volunteer
  3. Graduation
  4. Summer Vacation
  5. Job
  6. Save Money
  7. GRE/CFA Level 1
  8. Grad school applications
  9. Drivers License
  10. Move
  11. Get a car
  12. Get a dog

It did not have to be in that order. I just wanted to accomplish these things in the next 2/3 years.

I decided I was taking a gap year. I did not want to go to grad school straight after undergrad. I wanted volunteer in the time between the term ending and graduation. After graduation, I would spend 2 months with my grandparents, come back and be an adult; take the GRE, signing up for the CFA level 1 in December, look at grad schools, look for a job and try to get my drivers license

That was all before Covid.

Now, I have had to unfortunately adjust these expectations. I’m not giving up, just taking a longer route.

Good grades : Obviously, the term did not end the way anyone expected it to. Little did I know that Thursday night, was going to be my last day of university. Everything shifted virtually. I thankfully finished with grades that I am proud of.

Graduate : There was no real graduation (which sucks), but I still graduated. I am an alumni.

Volunteer:Unfortunately, the office closed, so I was not able to volunteer. I was able to work on a project at the beginning of May for them which was nice, but since then nothing. I plan on searching for remote volunteer opportunities. So I will see how that plays out.

Summer Vacation : I am stuck in Canada. Don’t know when I will leave. But as soon as I am able to, I will. I need to see my dog and this is the longest I have been without him.

Job: Like I mentioned before, I am slowly looking for a job. I am trying not to rush into it, and instead enjoy that time of my life and believe that everything happens for a reason. Come August, I will become more proactive in that search, but I am trying to live in the moment right now and pretend like I am on vacation.

Save Money: One of my new years goals was to open up a savings account, and put money aside. A few weeks ago, I finally started. Right now it has $1050. It might not be much, but its still something. And I gained 58cents in interest. I’m proud of those 58 cents. And hopefully when I do get a job, I can save more.

GRE/ CFA Level 1: The GRE and CFA are two completely different exams. The GRE (Graduate Records Examination) is for graduate admissions, while the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) is for those interested in finance. A lot of grad schools require either the GRE, GMAT or CFA level 1, depending on the program. Because I want to go to grad school, I plan on doing the GRE. Because I am interested in financial analysis and investments, I plan on getting that certification.

If everything is okay, I plan on doing the GRE in the fall, and the CFA Level 1 sometime in 2021. The CFA is harder and expensive, so I need to plan it properly. Early registration is USD $700, standard USD $1000 and late USD $1450. As much as I would love to do it this, I cannot afford this.

These next few goals, are a bit more loosely planned and it all depends. Nothing is set in stone. I am just taking one day at a time

❑ Grad school applications: I need to start looking into which schools and programs I’m interested in and the requirements.

❑ Drivers License: I need to get my driver’s license. I have been procrastinating for a long time.

❑ Move: I love where I live now, but I want to experience what its like to live somewhere else, and on my own.

❑ Get a car: Goes along with drivers license. it will allow me to be more independent, offer me opportunities and less excuses.

❑ Get a dog: Goes along with moving. There’s just something about having a doggie that I want. I can’t take my dog from my grandparents because thats just mean, so I will compromise and get my own in Canada. And god forbids, if anything happens to them, I will take him.

I know this is long and I’m probably crazy, but I have a plan with my life. I want to accomplish things. I have dreams. And I am not going to give up on them. Life is full of compromises and I don’t mind adjusting.

My story has just started.


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A quirky, possibly crazy 22 year old talking about her life and doggie.

11 thoughts on “I’ve Graduated. Now What?

  1. Wishing you all the best! Reflecting on the status of goals can be overwhelming because it still seems like so much – but look at how much you were able to get down (especially under the strange circumstances this year has brought). Looking forward to seeing what path your journey takes! 🙂

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  2. Congrats on graduating!!! I’m really sorry that things didn’t pan out the way you wanted them to but it sounds like you’ve made the best of it. Reflecting on goals can sometimes be both satisfying and disappointing but it’s still a really useful experience. Good luck with your future goals and I hope it all goes well for you ☺️

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    1. Thanks. There were so many times that I could have given up on my dreams and goals, but I didn’t. And sometimes it feels like that’s what makes it worth it in the end, because you know you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.

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      1. I agree – persevering and not giving up can be such a satisfying feeling when you finally accomplish your goals. Well done for not giving up I’m sure you’ll continue to accomplish everything you want xx

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