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College Graduation: the challenging downside

As seen in the both The Virgin Islands Daily News and St. Croix Source: April 26-27 2015 Even though I knew it was coming, I wasn’t prepared for how it would feel. I cried every day during the final semester of my undergraduate year. Between current expectations and the nearing future I realized that I wasn’t ready to graduate. I wasn’t the only one. Often, senior year is romanticized. Seniors are expected to have their lives planned out after graduation. This was what they have been preparing for the moment they left high school and entered institutions of higher learning. These students are expected to be bold and brave, bearing smiles and excitement for the coming of May when it will all be over. Few realize that, while exciting, senior year is overwhelmingly stressful. After several years, their lives are summed up in a month. May doesn’t mean the same thing anymore for graduating seniors. It is a month of changes. Dr. Aletha Baumann, associate professor of psychology at the University of the Virgin Islands, …