Life after graduation

Having just recently graduated from Carleton University and being awarded my diploma in Urbanism, my first feeling was relief. Relief from the extreme stresses because of critiques, long sleepless nights and from the hunchback position in front of a laptop. After sleeping in, stretching out and eating a few good meals, I felt strengthened and ready to get back into reality. I finished all of my personal projects ranging from quilting to carpentry and painting, and then I started on the hunt for work in my field to start paying off my student loans.

Feeling pressure to find a job before the student loan interest started building up was more difficult than I had expected. Although that was less nerve racking than finding a job itself; it wasn’t that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find a job to pay off my loans, but it was more worrisome because I had started a new chapter in my life.

University felt immense, it seemed as though it was all that mattered for the time. Now that I’m done and have to move on, I’m forced to look towards the future which makes university seem very small compared to the rest of my life.

Even though university was one of the most confusing and stressful times, facing life after graduation was a new type of stress that I was not anticipating. I was worried I’d fall back into school, not because I wanted to, but because it would save me from having to start a new chapter in my life. Like many other students, it’s easier to get back into school and say “I’m a student” when people ask, rather than awkwardly stating that you don’t know what you’re doing.

Having found employment related to my field of interest, my main concern now is being able to apply all that I’ve learned over the past four years. As students, especially in the domain of architecture, we’ve been overwhelmed with so much information in such a short period of time I feel it may be difficult to sift through all of it and extract the important elements. One of the key concepts that I’m expecting to be different when comparing the projects that I’ve done in school to the projects that I’ll be participating in at work is the professional constraints. In school there are no boundaries with creativity nor with the amount of money you may want to invest into your project. I am however excited to be able to work on projects and go into all of the necessary details that I skipped over in school.

I am truly looking forward to working on projects that will come to realization, to work on something that will become real, is practical and implemented into the city and have an impact on the urban fabric.

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