Campus Life

Students Graduating in December: What’s Next?

By Patrick Stukkie

 

Adam Hughes 

How did you manage your time in school? Through a long learning process, I learned that I needed to prioritize wisely. Prioritizing requires saying “no” every now and then. Also, I learned that important things come first and, sometimes, school work is not the most important thing. And, other times you have to give up stuff you might want to do. It’s almost an art trying to figure it out.

How do you feel entering the real world? I have a mixture of excitement and apprehension toward entering the real world. Though there is a lot of uncertainty, I am looking forward to seeing how God opens doors and reveals Himself as He leads me into new seasons of life.

Do you have any jobs set up after graduation? I do not have a job set up at this point. I am in the process of networking and seeing what is available with the degrees I am getting. I may have a couple of opportunities to work locally (in Warsaw), so I am looking into those.

What do you plan on doing after graduating in December? After graduation, my desire is to get connected with a pastor and a church so I can learn more about God’s Word and ministry. If that turns into a job, that would be great. But, if not, I will look for jobs in the Warsaw area, or return home and pursue opportunities from there.

What advice would you give to people who will be like you and will graduate early? Start networking during the summer and be in contact now with your professors and other staff here (e.g. career services) who can help you along the process of a job search.

Angela Stukkie 

How did you manage your time in school? I managed my time by creating schedules for myself so I could stay on top of homework and work at the same time. College is all about balance between work, school and friends.

How do you feel entering the real world? It is a little scary to think of leaving campus and officially being out in the world, but I’ve been through plenty of life changes at this point, and I know that I will adapt to it. At one point in time, leaving for college was scary, and it has turned out to be the best years of my life so far. The real world will involve being a little more intentional with my friends, but the lack of classes will be nice.

Do you have any jobs set up after graduation? I will either be working at the Bowen Center or continuing my job as a manager at Subco and the Grille.

What do you plan on doing after graduating in December? I plan on staying in the Warsaw/ Winona Lake area and getting an apartment with a friend.

What advice would you give to people who will be like you and will graduate early? Graduating early often means you are taking some difficult classes to finish up, even if you aren’t taking as many classes. There might be some stress involved, and at times you want to quit and you just want school to be over. Relax. Take a deep breath. Seek support from your friends and don’t neglect your friendships. Don’t let school consume you.

Shelby Bayless 

How did you manage your time in school? I managed it pretty well. Of course I am a pretty organized person. I usually have things scheduled out and planned so that I know when I can schedule in things like free time.

How do you feel entering the real world? Honestly, quite frightened. Big transitions scare me, and I guess I just worry about things I don’t know about…the future would be one of those things.

Do you have any jobs set up after graduation? No. I’m tossing up ideas on where I can look, but currently I don’t have anything set in stone.

What do you plan on doing after graduating in December? Well, I plan on taking the next semester and the summer off from school, and then I am starting Grad School in August. On those off months I plan on spending time working with the youth at the church I intern with and also finding a job doing case work or something of that sort.

What advice would you give to people who will be like you and will graduate early? I would tell them to not be afraid to ask questions. This whole graduating thing can be kind of stressful, and it has been very helpful and relaxing talking to my advisers about the future. They have a lot of helpful insight and honestly like helping out.

Carolyn Duong 

How did you manage your time in school? I probably didn’t manage it too well. (haha). I always waited until the night before a test to begin studying (which I do NOT recommend). But, it was nice being able to see friends instead.

How do you feel entering the real world? I’m not sure what to think yet. I’m applying to dental school right now and that already seems intimidating.

Do you have any jobs set up after graduation? Four more years of being a full-time student!

What do you plan on doing after graduating in December? Work temporarily somewhere… anywhere. Then, dental school (hopefully) in the fall!

What advice would you give to people who will be like you and will graduate early? Everything will work out! God’s got you covered. Oh, and if you are considering grad school and want help studying, I’m your girl.

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