Well, it’s finally here! Graduation Day! This time of year, many young adults are preparing to graduate from junior high, high school, and college. So they ask themselves, is this my beginning of the end of school, or just the end of the beginning of myself?
This transition is an important time for them. Many anxieties fill their thoughts:
- Waiting on that last day of school for the final five minutes of the day to end!
- Worrying about if they’ve passed all their tests and can still graduate.
- Wondering what life is going to be like the day after graduation.
Waiting to decide what to do next and for the inspiration to inspire them to start. The list goes on and on …
Just as the list of worries can go on and on, so can the anxiety about future career plans and forming new identities.
Here are just a few according to Naomi Rockler-Gladen in her 2008 article:
- Financial Anxiety related to not having enough money to live or move out on
- Forging a new identity through employment, marriage, higher education, etc.
- Homesickness once you leave your parents home
- Anxiety about Academics if planning to continue your education
If you suffer from any of the above anxieties, the answer to resolving them is to keep it simple.
Rockler-Gladen states that in order to deal with your financial anxiety, “use all the resources you have to help find a job” and “be realistic.”
To deal with your new identity, “keep in mind that uncertainty about one’s ‘identity’ is Normal.”
Feeling homesick or worrying about it in the future? Remember you don’t have to say goodbye forever.
And finally, anxiety over finances, “take all you’ve learned about good college study skills and use this information.”
If graduating this year from 8th grade, High school, or college, you don’t have to stress about it if you follow the above suggestions. Your ending may just well be your beginning and vice versa, but you can embrace it and make your ending your new beginning.
For the local high school graduations coming up around Des Moines, here is a list that may help:
1- East High, Saturday, June 5th, 2pm Vets auditorium
2- Hoover High, Friday, June 4th, 7pm Vets Auditorium
3- Lincoln High, Saturday, June 5th, 9am Vets Auditorium
4- North High, Thursday, June 3rd, 7pm Vets Auditorium
5- Roosevelt High, Saturday, June 5th, 7:30pm Vets Auditorium
6- Ruby Van Meter, Tuesday, June 1st, 7:30pm, Roosevelt High School
7- Scavo Alternative High, Friday, May 28th, 10am, Hoyt Sherman Place
For other local high schools, see each school for more information.