Reflecting on the journey to graduation

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Reflecting on the journey to graduation

Morgan Hays on her first day of college, Fall of 2015

Morgan Hays on her first day of college, Fall of 2015

Morgan Hays on her first day of college, Fall of 2015

Morgan Hays on her first day of college, Fall of 2015

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When I started my college career in Fall 2015, the path I planned to take was much different from where I am now. What I mean by this is that I didn’t expect to be an English major when I started as a chemistry major my freshman year.
Now, looking back on my college experience as I grow closer to being a “real” adult, I realize how much of an amazing time I have had the in last five years. Don’t get me wrong; there is a lot about college that I regret; guys I wish I hadn’t dated and friends I wish I had never made. But even with the bad, college has helped me grow into who I am now.
I have a lot that I can thank my college experience for but sometimes I wonder if I am actually prepared as I need to be for the working world; I am told I am. Yes, college has taught me a lot about being an editor and a writer and I feel confident in my skills, but getting a job is so much more than that. We are not taught how to actually do a job (at least in my situation, other majors may be different) until we actually start a job.
The biggest thing that I have noticed is that while I apply for jobs, as I read the description the companies give, I do not feel like I’m actually qualified for any of them. That’s a fear that I did not intend to ever have during my graduation semester. I expected to be fully ready to go into the working field knowing exactly what it meant to be an editor and a writer; that’s what I was told when I started, I would be ready.
Now, I am not going to blame UW-Platteville for not preparing me enough to enter my field. I just feel like they over-promise what it means to be ready. I never should have assumed that I would be ready to graduate when the time came, because frankly I am not. I do not want to leave behind my friends, and I am not looking forward to my time as a staff member at the Exponent to come to an end.