Tasha Adams and Nicole Reither are graduating this Saturday. They conquered all things graduation and are proud to walk away undaunted.
What is a reflection on your undergrad experience? Did it meet your expectations?
Nicole: It met my expectations and more. Even though sometimes I wanted to drop out and be done with school forever I always knew that was just a dream. And now with graduation in one week I am wishing I were on the five-year plan. Either that or I am thinking about re-enrolling again as a freshman. I had the perfect undergrad experience, from classes, friends, work and parties it was an emotional rollercoaster but one I would never take back.
Tasha: I had a different experience from Nicole. I actually envy her undergrad experience. But for being a non-trad, I am proud of how things went. I feel like I always knew I would get my college degree but never really knew how it would play out. It was tough to juggle jobs and bills and school for as many years as I did but I am satisfied with everything I have accomplished. And every other graduate should be too. It was tough and we freaking did it.
What do you wish you had done differently?
Nicole: There isn’t anything I would have done differently other than some typical bad decisions made by every college student here and there. However, everything I experienced in college from student organizations to being apart of The Arbiter has shaped me into the person I am right now. And that is why even though I am scared as hell; I know that I am ready to move on to become a real human.
Tasha: I wish I would have done it the traditional way. I wish I was just a little younger and able to justify house parties or all-nighters. Instead, I had to worry about paying bills I had accumulated while I was busy being an adult. I didn’t make a ton of friends in classes or clubs but the handful I did make are amazing.
What are you doing now after graduation?
Nicole: Becoming a real human? Sounds frightening to me. However, I fortunately have a job lined up in Arizona that I am very excited about. Moving away from this town and the people that have been my family for the past four years is all so bitter sweet.
The beginning of a new chapter and career for me is something I have been working very hard toward however the thought of paying bills and attending a nine to five is still giving me nightmares.
Tasha: I started my own business this semester so I am going to really focus on that. And I am going to enjoy every single evening I don’t have a test to study for or a paper to write.Read More →