Category | Graduation

School To Work Transition Isn’t as Hard as Many Expect

Posted on 17 October 2009

Transition From the Student World to the Real World Will Kiser, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Georgia in Athens, isn’t quite ready to graduate yet. An English major, he is now the variety editor for UGA’s student newspaper, the Red & Black. No stranger to the world of work, Kiser has put in [...]

Divorced Parents and Graduation

Posted on 29 October 2008

Ahhh, graduation . . . a time to celebrate success and hope for the future with family and friends. The chance to be the center of attention, to be lavished with gifts and words of praise and encouragement. At least in theory. Unfortunately, the reality is that, like other momentous life events, graduation brings with [...]

Where is Your Diploma?

Posted on 28 October 2008

You’ve been working towards getting your degree for four, five, or maybe even six years — or ten if you’re me and, despite your parents, decided that you couldn’t continue through to junior year without knowing what you really wanted to do. Finally, the nights of passing up concerts and parties and new movie releases [...]

Graduation Options for International Grads

Posted on 27 October 2008

For many, though, returning home is not a major priority — employment is. In this case, the INS also generously provides the year-long Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows students to work for one year after graduation. The trick with this is that the permit expires exactly one year from the requested start date, whether [...]

Parental Guidance for Graduation

Posted on 26 October 2008

For the last four years, you’ve been growing up and away from what’s familiar, and what’s familial. Now that you are zeroing in on graduation day, it’s time to reconsider where you’ve been in order to get some perspective on where you might be going – and that involves taking your family into consideration. More [...]

Graduating at 32

Posted on 25 October 2008

For the past 15 years, I have been a “professional student” in every sense of the term. Ever since my high school graduation, I knew I wanted to go on to college, though I wasn’t quite certain what to pursue. Now, some years later, after numerous setbacks, full-time jobs and the raising of a daughter, [...]

Dispatches from My Graduation

Posted on 24 October 2008

My parents pulled into the driveway of the leaning, fetid tenement I called home during my senior year, at around five p.m. on Friday. They had my three siblings and their spouses and kids in tow. All were well coiffed, well scrubbed, and geared to enjoy a special event I wanted absolutely nothing to do [...]

2008 Grad? Better Start Your Job Search Now!

Posted on 23 October 2008

While the last year of college may be the last chance to kick back and enjoy your carefree youth, it’s important to start your job search. Many college seniors do not begin their job search until the second semester of their senior year. This can set them up for failure! The National Association of Colleges [...]

Commencement: The Hard Way

Posted on 23 October 2008

The only thing I really felt as I sat through my graduation ceremony, listening to a monotone voice reciting the names of each and every member of my graduating class of about 3500, was relief. Not only had I finished up four years of hard work, but I’d also survived the preceding week. I wasn’t [...]

Graduation Day Planning

Posted on 27 September 2008

I started planning for graduation almost six months in advance. By the time graduation weekend rolled around, my parents were safely situated in a hotel room, the family celebration dinner was arranged, and the post-graduation party for my buddies was planned. Of course, my parents, situated in a hotel room miles away from campus, managed [...]