It’s the final countdown!
Blogger: Marilyn Bran
(First, let me say congratulations for being accepted into Occidental College!)
Now, it’s true, as a senior I am now getting really nervous that there is less than 6 weeks ‘til graduation. I am definitely not ready to enter the real world! As a rising senior, you have to start looking into the future and the possible careers that lie ahead. I, like some of my friends, decided not to think about that until, umm, maybe two months ago. As a senior in your second/last semester at Oxy, you are constantly asked, “So what are you doing after graduation?” Sleeping. Haha, an ideal plan, right? Not so much. So two months ago, I decided to stop saying “sleeping” or alternate forms of the answer (my answers were usually “I don’t know,” or “working”) and started to look for other futures. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology can pretty much take you anywhere and so I decided to add on to my knowledge about the brain and researched careers in Communicative Disorders. While being abroad, I met and befriended two wonderful ladies who attend University of Redlands where they both were studying Communicative Disorders. This topic to me was really interesting that I didn’t know why I hadn’t thought about it before. So there I was in February, overloading my working memory with all the work I had to turn in, the exams I had to take, and adding on to that was my plans for my future post-Oxy.
Now, a month later, I can answer the question about my plans after Oxy and I will let you guys know too; I plan on getting my post baccalaureate in Communicative Disorders and then I plan on applying for graduate school on that same topic. For those that don’t know what a post baccalaureate is (don’t worry, I didn’t either!) it is a continuing education in a subject or field that you didn’t study for undergraduate studies. You can get a degree, certificate or credentials or a pre-medical master’s degree. Post baccalaureates also prepare you for graduate school or another professional school. So for the incoming first-years, who in four years will probably be getting the same question, know that there are plenty of options! But you have time. Enjoy every great moment that you will have at Oxy because time does go by really fast!
But before looking into the future, I have to look into the present. So MUCH work left to do! It’s seriously never ending! Let’s get this done SENIORS!