As I finish up my fourth year of college I am starting to think about the big question: what am I going to do for the rest of life, which for many is a very scary question. I am filled with nerves, excitement, and apprehension. Do I want to go to grad school or do I want to take a year off? How can I make a decision that will impact the rest of my life?! After talking with a past employer and staff member at CSU Channel Islands I was given a piece of advice that I cherish and will continue to pass on. She told me you don’t need to stress about deciding what you are going to do for the rest of your life, you just need to decide what to do next. Just like college, life is full of steps you take to progress you along your journey. Every year was a stepping stone towards my goal of graduating. So when things get stressful in high school or in college, don’t think about making a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life or for all of college… just think about what you need to do next.
The summer before you attend a university as an incoming freshman, you will attend orientation. This summer I am an Orientation Leader and I am currently preparing for this summer’s first orientation along with 17 other wonderful Orientation Leaders. Looking back, I remember I was very nervous going to my orientation because I did not know what to expect, but being on the other side of the situation is completely different. I’m so excited to meet my freshmen! Our orientation staff looks forward to this huge event with anticipation and we work so hard to make it a success! If you will be attending orientation soon, know that this program is designed to make you feel welcome, deliver workshops that will assist in your success, and ensure you have a fun, safe experience!
My senior year of college was the most challenging yet rewarding. I was highly involved on campus and was finishing my upper level English classes. Although I was very busy, I accomplished my goals and remained balanced. Staying balanced is crucial when your stress levels are high (which mine were) and very busy. I encourage you to make time for activities where you can relax for a moment and take a break from your studies/activities. At the same time, I also suggest you stay involved throughout your academic career because it definitely will pay off in the future. Not only did I build strong relationships with friends, enrich my knowledge, but I also made myself more marketable once I graduated. I had a list of things that I was involved with and I had fun while doing it–minus the stress!