• Jaclyn Shapiro - Daemen College graduate

College, Careers, and In Between Q&A Part 2: The College Senior


Graduating college is one of the most important milestones in life. It brings feelings about the future, your career, and what is the next step in your life. There are many paths for people who are graduating college and different opportunities have been opened up, especially with a Bachelor's Degree. This is the beginning of being an adult, where you are no longer a student and have the skills to start out in the working world. What comes next is up to the graduating senior. It could be starting your career, going on to a higher degree, or a combination of the two. No matter what the path, something new is ahead.

Two college seniors have been interviewed to see the paths in which they are pursuing. Gina and Evelyn are both college seniors at Daemen College. Again, last names have been taken off. They were each asked questions about their college experiences, their prior expectations of what college was going to be like, advice they would give to people just starting college, and where they are going to go next.

Gina

Q: What do you plan to do after you graduate? (Get a job, graduate school, etc.)

A: I am going to graduate school at Niagara University to pursue my MBA with a concentration in HR.

Q: What did you think college was going to be like when you first started, and did it meet your expectations?

A: I thought I was just coming to Daemen to get a bachelor's degree and a job; however, my college experience was so much more than that. I have meet my life long friends, been involved in a variety of leadership roles on campus, and have had an amazing paid HR internship the past two summers.

Q: Do you feel like you are prepared for a career?

A: I feel like my HR internship and my HR seminar class has prepared me for my career. I feel more confident in my knowledge of HR and having hands on experience in my field has allowed me to grow as a young professional.

Q: What opportunities has college given you so far?

A: College has given me the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships. My professors have always extended themselves to help me and have pushed me outside what I thought was possible. I have also had the opportunity to mentor and get to know incoming students. I was a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, and a Tour Guide. Each of these roles allowed me to see students throughout the process of transitioning into college and have watched them grow.

Q: What advice would you give people who are just about to start college?

A: Step out of your comfort zone. You will be happily surprised at what you are capable of. The leadership roles I have had on campus has helped me grow in my personal pursuits and has taught me life skills that I couldn't learn within a classroom setting.

Another piece of advice is to be confident in yourself. When I was younger, I had people tell me that I wasn't smart enough and essential told me I wasn't good enough. I pushed aside the negativity from those people and I am proud of what I have accomplished throughout my collegiate career.

Evelyn

Q: What do you plan to do after you graduate? (Get a job, graduate school, etc.)

After graduation I plan to join Americorps and work in the community using their leadership training programs to gain more experience until I enter the workforce with the extra training certifications. Americorp offers a unique opportunity post-graduation to work with the community and gain connections in Buffalo.

Q: What did you think college was going to be like when you first started, and did it meet your expectations?

I thought college would have less work, always knew there would be more homework than high school but never thought how much in class and out class work to be done. I also thought the balance between work life and school would be easier, TV shows always has people happy and going out on the weekends able to handle the full school load during the week and that is not true.

Q: Do you feel like you are prepared for a career?

Daemen and the jobs I have had on and off campus have prepared [me] for the workload in the future and the interactions I will have [with] people on a daily basis in the business environment.

Q: What opportunities has college given you so far?

College has given numerous philanthropy and social interactions through me joining a sorority on campus, I was able to participate in relay for life and Kaely’s Kindness and also Daemen’s annual Springfest even working booths meeting people.

Q: What advice would you give people who are just about to start college?

Stay calm when things get stressful and try to have as most fun as possible when you are in college. College workloads are hard but meeting people and having great friends through the years you are [in] school make a world of difference, always try new things.

The paths of both students differ in terms of their next move after graduation. Going on to a higher degree and going to the Americorps both will open new opportunities for each person. But their college experiences and involvement have helped prepare them for their next step in life after they graduate. Both students also mentioned that they have made connections in college by meeting new people and making new friends that they will have for life.

I would like to thank each of the participants of this Q&A interview for their time and contribution to this blog.

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Williamsville, NY 14221

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