It’s GRAD season. My convocation came and went. According to friends who saw me walk across the stage, I looked super confused from start to finish. Like I wandered into the wrong hall and somehow managed to find a gown, and then started shaking hands with all these people in funny robes and couldn’t understand why.
Then the chair of design studies says congrats to me and for a few seconds I forgot who he was as well. I don’t see him very often you see.
The speeches were pretty standard. “You guys have bright futures ahead of you and other things”. I think I could have been the only one who was actually listening to them.
I was talking to some people about how valuable a university education really is. Being in the same program as I was, we have similar qualifications, but our experiences with school were extremely different.
I feel like I did not go to the same school my friends went to because I definitely do not feel like I know everything.
If anything, university taught me how much I don’t know. But I did get pretty good at finding stuff out.
Which got me thinking about something. You know this chart, the one where everybody expects your life achievements to go in a certain order:
And then they conveniently forget to tell you that almost no one’s life happens in that order, because everyone’s life is different.
I propose a more realistic chart:
OK, maybe not 100% realistic, but you know what I mean. You can’t plan life 100% because it can suddenly throw a curve ball at you, and then you have to figure out a way to adapt.
Opportunities are different for everyone. I have some friends who found work immediately after school (or during school), some of them went back to school to pursue something totally different. Others went to grad school and some others are still looking for jobs.
Your life was different from everyone else’s from the get-go anyway, what makes you think it’ll be the same as everyone else after school.
So for those of you who don’t like to listen to other people talk, maybe pictures might be more fun to look at:
Congrats to everyone graduating! And to those who aren’t, YOU WILL BE OKAY, TOO.
I did a quick doodle on my Facebook page about me… tossing my hat. Which you should like! If you haven’t already. 🙂