Graduating college

Vanity Duran is a broadcast journalism senior at Florida A&M University. With a passion in writing, Vanity strives to educate, enlighten and influence her readers on various topics that people of all ages and backgrounds can relate to. She currently writes for The Famuan, the school newspaper, and Brand Newz, an online multimedia portal. Vanity is preparing to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May 2015.

It’s the end of the semester and you’re counting down the days for you to cross the stage for college to really end.

Well, stop right there.

My words of advice is to take your time to graduate. The quicker you wish to graduate, the sooner you’ll have to adjust to the reality of a college graduate.

According to the Pew Research Center, it’s harder for new graduates to earn degrees. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that in 2012, about 44 percent of graduates were working in jobs that didn’t require a college degree.

You wouldn’t want to work so hard and pay so much money just to graduate and earn a job that doesn’t even need a degree or even worse, working with something you don’t love.

It’s best to prepare a semester ahead of your graduation by applying to jobs within your field. You want to make sure you’ve gotten as much training and experience as an undergraduate before you leap into the competitive workforce.

Some ways to stand out is to obtain as many internships as you can that relates to your major.

Through the internships, it’s best to work on-hands with what you’re presented with. You’ll make a good impression on whoever is supervising you. The supervisor will also make a great work reference. You’ll gain skills and experience that can make your work much more valuable and that can be documented on your resume. Under various occasions, interns end up getting hired as an employee where they interned at.

Before you graduate, it’s important to leave your mark at your college or university by being involved as much as possible. This would not only make you stand out in the community, but will open many doors for you as far as networking, being a part of the school’s history and also serving as an influence to your peers.

Finally, upon graduating you want to interact with your faculty, staff and fellow schoolmates as much as possible. When you communicate in class, you’re more likely to succeed in the course than you would if you don’t speak up. You may never know who you’re sitting next to until you speak. That person may be able to connect you with someone else or even a job.

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