Opinion: Unprepared For Graduation


Brad Angelo

The world is an intimidating place. Prepare for it the best that you can.

With graduation right around the corner, a lot of students are excited and ready to get into the workforce and taste true freedom and independence. Unfortunately for me, I am feeling eager but unprepared for the world that lies ahead of me.

School has not been the easiest for me. I never really excelled academically and have always had trouble keeping focused on my school work. But even with the troubles I have had, it will still be easier than what the world has in store for a fresh college graduate.

College gave me much freedom with how I use my time. Maybe a little too much freedom sometimes but nevertheless it was a welcome change from high school. I could decide what classes to attend, how to study and do my homework, if I wanted to join any clubs or organizations, and so on. For once in my life school didn’t always have to be the priority, I could decide that something else was more important.

However, even with all that freedom there is still a structure at school that keeps students on the right path. For example, almost any information you need about the school can be found on there main website or by talking to someone that works there, like a teacher or student adviser. There are also pre-made plans for each major to show students what kind of classes they should be taking to graduate on time. It’s all connected one way or another.

For the rest of the world it’s nowhere near as easy. While searching for jobs you have to search high and low for information on just who to contact about the job. That’s just how the world works most of the time. Sometimes one might get lucky and have everything fall into place, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Chaminade has done a great job at preparing me for future jobs. The school has helped me develop proper work ethic and has given me the knowledge that allows me to do a job to the best of my abilities. What I haven’t been taught is how to get that job.

Getting started on something is the hardest part for me. Most of the time I don’t even know how to approach getting a job in my field of study of Mass Media Communications. Asking people for help is the best solution, but when I’m alone it’s quite the challenge. Unfortunately my rather stubborn attitude usually leads me to doing things all on my own. This leads me on a path of searching aimlessly online for anything remotely related to Communications.

Collage had definitely had its ups and downs. The life-long friends I have made combined with the knowledge I have obtained has definitely made it worth it. I’m glad that I chose to go to Chaminade University. The small classes made the learning easier and the teachers made each class feel more like a family. While I am very nervous about facing the world, I will have the know-how to put my life together and get on the path that I want to be on.