As graduation quickly approaches it becomes increasingly surreal that I will soon enter the real world and be faced with actual responsibilities. And to be honest – it’s terrifying.
There is an excessive amount of articles on the Internet that discuss the overwhelming amount of pressure and realities that college grads face. As I read articles like Huffington Post’s 9 Realities That Slap You in the Face When You Graduate College my hands start to get balmy and my heart beats a little faster.
I have to continuously remind myself to breathe.
However, I can’t help but feel like as a member of the Portland Senior Experience I have learned valuable real life experience that puts me ahead of the competition.
I could not have asked for a better experience. I was able to work at an amazing company for four months, in an amazing city.
I have learned how to handle critical situations in a fast-paced environment, manage relationships with coworkers and implement public relation plans that increase engagement and sales.
These skills have enabled me to grow not only as a person, but also as an employee. I was given the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and make something out of it.
Although the feeling of being scared is still here, we PDXSXers are fortunate to be where we are and have learned the amount we have before graduation, but we still have so much more to learn and grow from.
So, here’s a thank you to the PDXSX program and to all of my amazing professors throughout the years.