Get $ Fit Challenge 2017

What They Don’t Tell You About You Last Year of College….

Where to start?… that’s a joke because the average college student will tell you, “You Just Do It” and maybe even Dab while they say it.

To start, let me share a little about myself. My name is Sara and I am a recent grad as of May 12th, 2017.  My college education wasn’t typical by any means. I graduated high school on a Friday in January, 2012 and started community college the next Monday. Yes, you read that right.

I wasn’t ready for a 4 year college, but I hated high school. The issues and real life, young adult drama that came with high school was not for me! It’s okay to not be ready for what is classified as the typical after high school journey. Own it and fight for what’s right for you!

College can make or break you. Often times, it will only make you when you are ready for it. So, I took the time to figure out what I wanted to major in and figure out what I wanted for myself and my education while in community college. After 2 years, I received an Associate’s Degree in pre-business, no debt, money saved on my education and a known purpose.

Time out! Here’s the part where I tell you to go to community college!!!! Just Do It! Your future will thank you and you can thank me later for the free advice.

Once done with my journey through community college I knew what I wanted to major in and had an idea of how these majors would be beneficial to my future. In three years, I earned a B.S.B.A in International Business and a B.S.B.A in Marketing as well as a minor in Economics.

People seem to think I missed out on the “college experience” in some way by going to community college, but I didn’t. I had three years to experience various sports games, party, and make friends.  It was a great three years. But, boy that last year creeps up fast and leaves you stranded like Tom Hanks in Cast Away.

Let me explain….

The last year of college starts out great. You will have a lot excitement for the ending being near. Your previous years of college have taught you that you are capable. Plus, you’ve mastered the art of procrastination, smooth talking, and well I think I’ll keep the rest a secret from the general population. The first few months are a breeze, heck even fall finals are a breeze.

Here’s where the descent to the moment of Oh My God, What Have I done, Where did the time go begins. After your fall semester is over you go home to be with your family. The Russian inquisition of questions begin here.

Are you ready for your last semester? Do you know what you’re going to do after college is over? Do you have a job lined up? Where are you going to live? And many more of the same kinds of questions along with the family glares.

In this moment you realize that you are unable to answer most of these questions and begin to panic. This is where the reference to Tom Hanks in Cast Away comes in to play.

During your last semester these questions will keep being asked and will stay in the back of your head. But, it is important to remember not to rush yourself and focus on what is most important. Finishing your last semester of college strong is where your mind should stay.

Ready for that free advice again? During the slow times in your last semester work on your resume and your LinkedIn page. When you finish your resume send it out to a few trusted people, like your parents or mentors, and ask them for their input. You will end up with a lot of great advice ending in a strong finished product.

Also, in these times start thinking about what you see yourself doing when your college days are over.  This is important because when you find positions of interest you will be able to apply and know that your resume will speak for itself. Additionally, don’t be afraid to apply for jobs where you don’t meet all the requirements.

It is okay to not be able to answer all the questions you will be asked and to not know what you want to do. Take your time and do not rush into something or a position. There is no point in rushing just to be unhappy three months later.

You will feel like you are stranded out at sea with no end in sight. Do not let this get you down. Look at it like a challenge and enjoy the journey. You will come out stronger and with a great insight that you will be able to pass to those coming behind you.

            Enjoy it. Prepare for it. and Remember to live in the moment.


Written By Sara  Howard

About Sara Seasholtz

Sara Seasholtz, CFP®, was voted one of "50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte" by The Mecklenburg Times in 2011, and has assisted her clients with their financial planning needs for over 40 years. Have a financial question? ASK SARA!


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