- I am finally going to graduate with my BSN, after working as a nurse for 35 years. I feel kind of "let down." People are asking what I'm going to do next. I have worked as a staff nurse and want to do something else, but don't know what yet. I am comforted by the fact other grads feel the same way. I am now about $20,000 in debt for this, and I hope it will be worth it...!
- —Guest Nurse Jane
- I just graduated last week. All throughout the day I felt happy, it was to be the start of a new begining. When I came home from the Graduation dinner, it finally hit me. What am I going to do? I still havent decided what I'm doing next year, am I still going to see all my friends? Will I get a job? I just have so many questions, and waiting around doing nothing is not helping! I feel pretty sad and I'm sure I have the graduation blues, at least there are some others in the same boat!
- —Guest a.g
way post grad blues
- I spent a few months after college so depressed that icouldn't sleepor eat much. I lost. 60lbs! The wheight loss we nicebut not much else. My firstjob out of college was a complete fail! I was in sales for about 4 months and didn't sell a damn thing. I now have a pretty decent job that I'm really good at but don't need a degree to do. I wish I could go back and do it all over! NETWORK NETWORK NETWoRK! That is all college is good for and all I cared about was my grades and paying bills! Sin of a mother! I wish someone would have told me how networking was all that matters.
Yep, that's me!
- For sure got them....I graduated from dental school in May, and I've been feeling kind of down and depressed lately and I was trying to figure out why...like I was losing my mind! Then it hit me! I have graduation blues! I do have an awesome job and live in a great place now...but I learned to love the place where I went to school at and the one thing that hitls me the most is that I miss my friends so much! We all moved out of Omaha and ended up plane-rides away.... I've been having a hard time adjusting to the new changes and feel alone and kinda lost at times....I can just go back to 6 months ago and reminisce on those awesome times at school! It'll get better though....I know with time it will!
- —Guest Diana
Singing the blues also
- I am about to complete my master's degree, 14 years after I graduated with my BS and with a 3.88 GPA. The process of writing my thesis was long and frustrating and I am glad it is over. Yet all week I have been bursting into tears whenever I am alone because I feel so lost. The "what now?" feeling others have mentioned is very strong. This is actually my 5th (yes, 5th) attempt at grad school, and now I am going to be done...I always had it is as life goal, to get a graduate degree, and now I will have one. I work and have a family and all that is very fulfilling. But for the past 2 years, I have had a structure to my life and a higher purpose, and got to engage in interesting activities with smart people. Now all that is ending. I feel lost. I originally got the degree to get a better job and have been applying for jobs, but no luck yet - barely even a nibble. :( I am so glad to read other people's descriptions of similar feelings. I was feeling very alone. My family doesn't understand
- I was looking forward to graduating for years, but my last semester I wanted it to last forever and it ended. I would spend hours on essays, projects, and studying for exams. Now I do absoultly nothing! I'm not productive at all. Since I moved back to my boring old town, I felt like I should be back at my university where all my friends are. But it would be childish to go back for no reason. I keep trying to give myself good reasons to move back, but money is always the issue. I just want to be in college again. I would spend the whole week at work and school. Then party on weekends. Now I can party everyday, but it doesn't feel the same when I'm currently doing nothing in my life. I really need to find some direction... And hopefully I find it soon!
- —Guest Willie Greene
- I just graduated two days ago and I am feeling pretty down. I got my four-year degree after six years in the Navy. My friends, family, and fellow sailors were so proud, but all I feel is a persistent, heart rending sadness. Another post here mentioned it feels like losing an old friend and I feel like that too. I know it is stress secondary to a major life change and that the change is positive, but I miss school already. I miss the studying, the writing, the classes, the professors, homecoming and football games. I miss it all. Anyway, if you read this and you're feeling the same way, know that you aren't alone. If I can get through college, I can get through being sad over it.
- —Guest Alex
- Most people are very glad and they look glamorous on their graduation day. Some people shed tears of joy with their friends and family. I was crying for a totally different thing. I was so sad. In fact, I think that was the saddest I have been in university. While everyone was taking pictures and making loud noises, I sat in a corner and cried like my life depended on it. I was thinking of my mother. She died while I just started my first year in the university. She was so looking forward to my graduation. By the time I left the graduation ground to go celebrate with my family. I was looking so unglamorous and really didn't care for anything. I removed my shoes and walked barefooted to meet my family and didn't care about other people who were looking at me. I had to take pictures with my family and friends but I've refused to look at the pictures. I don't think I looked good in them. May never look at the pictures. Very sad day. When I was in school I could dwell on other things but
- —Guest Seun
- I got all the way through my senior year. I had bought everything I had needed to graduate then the day of graduation 5mins before the bell I was called to the front office to get some news. They had told me that I was not graduating because I had missed 2 points one english and 4 points on math. I went home and went to my rome as my mom come to get me I told her the bad news and she said everything would be ok but I knew in my heart that one day I may not have got my deploma then but I will get it soon and when I do I will have them put the date I was suppose to graduate and the shool I was suppose to graduate from because its not right to tell someone the day of the big day they can't do sonething only because they muissed by 2 or 4 points. I will get my deploma.
- —Guest Shauna
Life is really slow after graduation
- After graduation i find my life running really slow. I never thought this could be my situation. Bcoz my aims were really high. The world seems to be really scary and well talented than me though i have done the highest degree. I am like the biggest looser. Well, too many months have not passed. So what i will be doing is i will be searching a job and lets see whether i can make a very good life out of it. I dont want any money but just a life like i had during my college. No money only a good job life.
- —Guest ralf
Man I'm blue...
- Heres the kicker-I hated my University! It's was small, homogeneous and cliquey! I felt like I was in grade 12 for four years! But, the painful irony is...now that I'm out..in a better (and bigger) town..I miss it! I feel like such a brat, I miss it! All I can think of is all the profs in my department that I liked and...confession time...even miss! I was elated when I finished my last essay and read all the nice comments on facebook, but that lasted like a day! Everything right now for me is in a state of flux...I'm wait listed for an MLIS program which I'm not even sure I want to be in anymore, and waiting to find out if I am eligible for a loan for a post-grad diploma. Option C is to go work over seas...but I've been out of work so long...God where even to begin. As rough of a go I had with my alma mater-it gave me stability. Now, I just feel like life is passing me by! Were all in this together people, and we just have to keep pushing through..
- —Guest Ayeshter
- I have worked so hard for my engineering degree and now that I have it I don't know what to do with myself. It's like I came to the jarring end after riding a fast and crazy roller coaster. I've been so busy working that I don't know what "free time" is. I'm trying to get caught up on r and r. I just need to turn my brain off-I think too much.
- —Guest Jbee
- I am glad I'm not alone, it is definitely helpful reading these. I finished my last final about an hour ago, and curled up in my bed and cried! School has taken me a loooonnnggg time (6 years). My friends are moving to bigger/better places. I don't know what I'm going to do. I hate my current min. wage job. Whatever, I'm going to go to bed now, and drink until I can't drink no more!!!
- —Guest sadgrad
Sad and lonely, Sad and lonely
- Reading the above responses does make me feel better. After all, misery does love company. I am the first person in the history of my family to graduate, mind you it is an A.S in Paralegal, but still, it is a degree. I thought Graduation Day would feel so good. I felt nothing. It came, it went and I was and remain empty. I graduated Phi Theta Kappa, but was a few points shy of Honors. It made me sad. I wanted to be celebrated but instead I was plied with drinks and fed a hamburger. I cried, I tried to share with my friends my feelings of disappointment, they did not understand. I should be happy and stop being selfish. I just wanted to feel something, a sensation of greatness. I only felt numb, empty. What would I do now, find a job? Yes, I know, find a job. Will my employer give me an A? Will I receive gold stars? Probably not. I will be another unsung hero. Can I do what I was trained to do? Will someone, a boss, see my talent and my greatness? I do not know. The summit is here.
- —Guest Paralegal Student
blues upon blues upon blues
- GOODNESS i can't begin to tell you all the amount i can relate to this article. I will be graduating in may, and not only do i not feel like i've accomplished much, i realized that as much as i like my major i don't think i entirely made the right choice( bit late to change i guess) and i just don't feel qualified to DO anything. Now i'm wishing i could have stopped working for just a sec to at least get some experience at an internship or SOMETHING! the thought of walking across that stage overwhelms me with nothing short of complete and utter panic. I think the thing that gets me most is that while i'm sure i must have learned lots of things, none of it seems as though it makes me more valuable to society and i guess thats where the stress originates from.
- —Guest tess