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Tantrums you have as you approach graduation

You're almost there. You have toiled away for nearly the last four years and the finish line is now so close it's almost tangible.

However, the closer you get to graduation, the more certain worries begin to creep up on you. No matter how many times you heard the phrase “stepping into the real world” during your high school graduation, you know that graduating from university is the real deal. And if you're close to that point in your life, you're highly likely to run into one, if not all, of these concerns.


Graduation is almost here, but you can't actually see it because there is a huge mountain that stands between you and that goal – your capstone. That final project or thesis often seems never-ending. Will you ever manage to get it done? The short answer is: yes. Yes, you will. For better or worse, in almost no time you'll be done with that capstone. So stop worrying, get a cup of coffee, finish this article, then get back to work.


Given the grade-centric method of learning that is still prevalent amongst the youth in our country, this is one of the common worries we have. Learning overnight to get good grades on an exam and then forgetting what we studied right after is a sure-fire way to end up in some deep faecal matter later in life. However, most of your worries are unfounded. You aren't supposed to remember all the details. As long as you understood what you were studying when you studied it, rest assured that upon some revision, when the time comes you'll be able to recall what you need to. If you're part of the crowd who got by this far by rote learning though, err... good luck?   


For each of the last three semesters you've been telling yourself that this will be the semester you turn that CGPA around. Alas, graduation is almost here, and your CGPA is never as good as you'd like it to be. Trust me, it's not just you. Even the ones with that almost perfect CGPA wish that it were higher. If you're really concerned though, you should understand that there are other ways of proving your merit to companies or schools. Work on your skills, and find ways to exhibit them. You're part of a digital generation in which showcasing your skills is easier than ever before. Use your tools, get creative.


The rose-tinted glasses from the last day of high school are back in full force. You keep getting constant hits of nostalgia – when you see freshmen in the corridors handcrafting decor for some event, when you hear that group of singers in that particular corner of campus, and even when you're simply chilling with your friends in your usual spot. Every experience ends with a bittersweet postscript reminding you that this might be one of the last times you get to feel this way. Am I going to tell you that your concern is unjustified or am I going to go cry into my pillow because we're all slowly but inevitably moving towards our graves?  You choose.


Rabita Saleh is a perfectionist/workaholic. Email feedback to this generally boring person at rabitasaleh13@gmail.com

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