Becoming an Adult: 2017 Grads

College prepares you for the real world.

We’ve all heard this before. Students juggle school, work, family, friends, and everything in between. This balancing act provides you with the skills necessary to survive in the real world.

Our three 2017 grads are back to share their experiences over the year. This month, we asked our grads what they think are the stresses of being an adult, how they’re preparing for life after college, and any similarities or differences they are anticipating.

Alex 200Alex – Financial Services, ’17

The stresses of being an adult? This is probably going to be the most realist blog post you read about adult life. There’s no sugar coating anything in the adult world, so get ready now.

So here in Canada, being 18 you are considered an adult, but even at 24 it seems weird to feel like an adult. A lot of people don’t consider students in post-secondary to be adults because all we do is go to school all day, and not work a 9-5 and pay a mortgage. They say “you’re not a real adult”. If anything, I think some students have way more to deal with; 6-8 courses, working a part time job to pay rent, transportation, maintaining a social or active life, and making sure you get enough sleep. Oh and don’t forget to eat with the 4 dollars and 73 cents you have leftover.

I’m pretty sure life can be just as stressful for a student and an adult after school. The pressure is on and this is the real deal that you call your life.

Before I went to school, this is how I pictured it’d go. I’d go to school for 2 years, get it done and over with and land a job out the door, move out and get my life started. Wrong. So much happened in those two years that I didn’t even plan for, but its been great. I guess coming into it I didn’t expect to make the best of it, get involved and enjoy it. But I’m glad I did what I did with school. Also it goes by extremely fast, like a blink of an eye.

For similarities; I think what we do during our time at school really sets us up for the real world. Balancing all that we do, meeting deadlines, being professional, following a schedule, all that stuff just carries over to whichever job we work.

Differences. Could be a few, could be small, or major I feel it depends on the person. In college, if you want to go to class 4 minutes late in some sweatpants, I’m not so sure that will work out in the real world so well. You might have to put on a nice shirt and tie, and don’t forget to wear a belt. In college there was always ‘spare’ time between classes, always something going on, and friends to talk to. In the real world you work 8-10 hours, maybe 12, and get like an hour lunch break or something.

What I feel like the biggest challenge is transitioning from college to real world life is money. Yeah you’ll be making more than minimum wage, for once, but most students have about $20,000 in debt, or more. So you kind of have to pay that off before you can really get on with your life. So are you really becoming an adult working a 9-5? Or still paying for your college education the entire time?

Overall my experience at Mohawk has made me ready to conquer the adult world. I feel future ready to take on adult life!

Chanchal 200Chanchal – Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals, ’17

Stress is one of the biggest concerns in today’s world. It affects every person at some or the other point of their lives and it may be in any form, such as; mental, emotional and financial. I believe, after school, some of the stresses are reduced and some of the stress are gained. Being an adult, one has the responsibility towards themselves and their families. At present, I am concerned about my future, that is, how long will it take me to start working in my profession. There are lots of steps and procedures, which I need to follow in order to make my future better. There are lots of questions in my mind but I don’t know the answers to all of them. But all these factors are definitely contributing to the stress.

After graduating from my current program, I will focus on my dental career. I am planning to join coaching classes for my dental exams so that I can get further guidance. On the other hand, being an international student there are lots of financial challenges. Being a student, I am getting guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) every month in my account and I do not have much pressure about my daily living. After completing my school, my GIC will be finished, creating pressure about my daily expenses. Therefore, I have to find a good job, which will help me to manage my finances. However, it is a very big challenge to get a good position job but I am trying my level best.

After my school, my future goal will remain the same, that is, to continue my dream of becoming an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. In addition, I will get more time to focus on my dental exams and there will be no pressure of submitting assignments and tests anymore. Moreover, as of now, I am adapted and used to the Canadian culture and weather and these things will also help to reduce some of my stresses.

Natalie 200Natalie – Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant, ’17/ Health, Wellness & Fitness, ’15

Thinking about the future can be overwhelming for some people. I have lived by a quote that motivates me to be better. “Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived yet. Live in the present and make it yours.”

This quote allows me to deal with everything right now the best I can, so that I can pursue my future. When I think of life after Mohawk, it’s a blur and a bit scary. I can picture me working somewhere, finding my dream job (hopefully), moving out of my mom’s house and becoming an adult with big girl responsibilities.

I think the biggest difference will be how uneasy it will be. When I think about having a career and living out on my own, it seems like the greatest thing. Everyone always says “I can’t wait to move out”, in reality, I don’t think it will be as wonderful as it seems at first. It will be stressful having to pay bills, and taking care of myself while working and hopefully doing what I love, coaching basketball.

Some things won’t change, I would like to still be active in my community involvement and being a continuous learner, whether that is taking courses online or attending workshops around the college provided by the alumni. I also hope to stay involved within the college attending young alumni events, socials, varsity games and special events.

In saying all that, I am beyond excited to be done school and start the next step in my life finding a job and moving forward. It has been an incredible journey with ups and downs at Mohawk and I have met some fantastic people that helped me along the way, and for that I am very grateful.

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