LifestyleSeniors adjust post-graduation plans

Seniors adjust post-graduation plans

-

- Advertisment -

At the beginning of May, many students are usually preparing final projects and studying for exams. For seniors, they do these end-of-year rituals along with their capstone work to prepare to walk across the stage to new jobs and opportunities. Now, after one month of staying inside and practicing social distancing, college seniors are taking big hits in their final weeks at school, including being unsure on how to move into the future and mourning the loss of their great last moments of collegiate fun.

Some students, like Caroline Rhett, a music education major from Hattiesburg, decided that pursuing graduate school was the most reliable option for her for the time being.

“I chose to pursue a master’s degree this year much because of the uncertainty in the hiring world due to COVID-19. I always wanted a second degree, but did not originally plan to continue this year,” Rhett said.

Despite the job economy turned askew due to this pandemic, many other students, like Taylor Van Fleet, a speech pathology major from Clinton, are keeping to her professional career goals. Van Fleet wants to pursue her master’s at Southern Miss. As she is already accepted into the program, Van Fleet shared concerns about what setbacks may occur in her work in the middle of this pandemic.

“I don’t think graduate school would be cancelled, but I am concerned about it continuing to be online instead of going back to on campus classes. My major has a huge clinical aspect to it. I am concerned about how we would be able to get that experience if COVID-19 were to cause the campus or the clinic to remain closed,” Van Fleet said.

Other students are going back to their hometowns to pursue their careers in opportunities elsewhere. Rachel Silva, a senior psychology major with a minor in child and family studies, is returning home to Tampa, Florida. She will make the return home once she finishes two last summer classes. With more leeway than other May graduates, Silva plans to return home in July to be a trainee in a sheriff’s office and graduate in August. Although she does have an opportunity ahead, Silva’s fears about landing a permanent professional job are nonetheless heightened.

“I definitely feel like my anxiety has been higher due to COVID-19, because I am worried that when August comes [the] majority of the places I planned on applying to will not be hiring due to cuts and that I will not be able to find a job for a while. If I was a senior graduating in summer, I would be panicking, because I wouldn’t be sure if I would be able to find a job upon graduation,” Silva said.
Silva, Rhett and Van Fleet all have immediate plans for the future, but which varies in solidity due to the current pandemic. Despite these circumstances, all seniors nationwide are making efforts to improve their chances of work by pursuing mobile opportunities or continuing their education further.

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Sargent’s three homers lifts No. 14 Southern Miss over UTSA 9-5

By: Dima Mixon Christopher Sargent accounted for three of the six home runs by No. 14 Southern Miss lifting the...

Late Rally Falls short as UTSA hangs on to beat No. 14 Southern Miss 8-7.

By: Dima Mixon If someone were to tell Head Coach Scott Berry that he would get ten hits and seven...

Pedaling for a Change: One woman’s remarkable journey for a cause that matters

By: Kalli Cox “Growing up, whenever someone mentioned human trafficking, my first thought was the line ‘I will find you,...

No. 14 Southern Miss’s offensive woes continue in 4-1 loss to Ole Miss

By: Dima Mixon Southern Miss baseball failed to deliver in their performance on Wednesday night. In front of 6,346, the...

Preview: No. 14 Southern Miss baseball looks ahead to midweek contest with Ole Miss

After a historic run of winning 15 straight games, Southern Miss has hit a mid-year slump. They have won...

Southern Miss vs. Old Dominion updates: Southern Miss avoids series sweep against ODU with extra-inning win

(Game 3): (Jackson Howell) Southern Miss defeated Old Dominion 5-4 thanks to some “Pete Taylor Magic” as Danny Lynch delivered...

Must read

Sargent’s three homers lifts No. 14 Southern Miss over UTSA 9-5

By: Dima Mixon Christopher Sargent accounted for three of the...

Late Rally Falls short as UTSA hangs on to beat No. 14 Southern Miss 8-7.

By: Dima Mixon If someone were to tell Head Coach...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you