If you had asked me four years ago what I would be doing three weeks before graduation, my last response would have been sitting in an office writing a blog post. If you had asked me what my post-graduation plans were, I would have given you a very detailed response.

Ask me today what I’ll be doing in a month, and my response will most definitely be a dumbfounded look followed by a simple “I don’t know.”

As graduation draws closer, the idea that I will be done with school has become more tangible. Because of this, I’ve done a lot of reflecting about my decisions and how they have affected my life thus far.

Decision number one: Attend Gannon University. It wasn’t my first choice, but my mother stepped in and made me schedule a visit. When I first set foot on campus, I changed my mind.

Decision number two: Join Zeta Beta Tau. I can vividly remember using the College Board website in high school to narrow down potential school choices. When asked if I was interested in Greek life, my answer was always no. If there had been an “absolutely not whatsoever even if my life depended on it” option, I would have chosen that instead. Then I learned about ZBT, and I reconsidered.

Decision number three: Write for Edge. I’m a health science major, and writing is not my strongest ability. I can construct a sentence using medical jargon and Latin, but throw a bunch of English on a piece of paper and I’m about as lost as I would be if you thrust me into the Amazonian rainforest. With my friends offering to help edit, I wrote a few pieces every month. And again, my life was changed.

Now you may be asking how this could possibly pertain to you at the current moment in your life.

Three of the most important decisions I’ve made in the last four years actually made themselves. I left high school and came to college frantically trying to plan out everything that I was going to do, when reality shaped itself regardless.

My advice to you as I prepare for graduation is this: Stop stressing. Put some thought into those decisions, but ultimately do what feels right.


In Voices, Gannon students tell us where they see themselves in five years.