Graduation? What.

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.


Allyson Walters


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6 Responses to Graduation? What.

  1. Thanks for sharing this. You’re not alone in this; it’s comforting to hear about other students approaching graduation going through similar situations. I definitely agree that PDXSX has us graduating ahead of the competition!

  2. pcriscola says:

    I agree, I think being in the program has given us an advantage to our peers who are still in class. It’s pretty overwhelming to graduate college and go straight in the real world, so I think this is a great transition because we are still in school but are getting hands on experience while having the comfort of school. Excited to see where you end up after these next few weeks! Good luck!

  3. feeneyy says:

    I love the Huffington Post article you included! It is so true! I also couldn’t agree more with what you said about this program. I honestly feel like I have learned more valuable information in the last three months then in the last 3 years. Thanks for sharing!

  4. madelinestone says:

    I have to say that I think everyone to some extent has these fears about life after graduation. I know I have these worries and concerns. However, I think the notion that the “real world” is something you only enter after college is total nonsense. If you have lived on your own, taken responsibility for any of your finances, been employed, managed to satisfy your degree, and completed an internship how is that so different from the responsibilities that await you after graduation? It’s not. Our responsibilities now look different from the ones that are expected of us here in a few weeks. Lets admit that change is what we are really afraid of, not responsibility, because just like the transition from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to college, we succeeded. This is the next natural step and I am certain we are very familiar with the “real world” already. Now is the time to learn to manage our fears and expectations.

  5. I have told myself to breath MANY times this term as well, but you’re right on with your advice! School has taken up so much of our lives and time up to this point, it’s hard to realize a life without it. Of course some things will be missed (summer and Christmas vacation, long weekends, easy class schedules, surrounded by your friends) but there are so many exciting opportunities waiting for us now. And this term, our teachers, and internships have given us tools that will help us succeed. Knowing we have a leg up on the competition helps to focus on the exciting part of finding a job, not the scariness of it!

  6. I am terrified to enter the “real world” but as I have started applying for jobs with added experience on my resume from the PDXSX and the lessons we learned from it I feel a bit less scared. Glad to know others seem to feel the way I do! Good luck everyone!

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