The lure is almost within reach. You can almost hear the crowds cheering you on as you come down the final stretch. Everyone is telling you that this should be a happy time, but you don’t feel that way. For many college graduates, the joy of leaving school is often mixed with sadness, anxiety, and a host of other emotions. For some graduates, there is anxiety about not knowing what comes next. For others, there is anxiety about starting graduate school when they feel so academically burnt out. Other students experience grief over leaving the place they have called home for four years.
No matter what category you fall into, the most important thing to understand is that it is okay to feel what you’re feeling, no matter what that feeling is. One way of overcoming transition anxiety is to try to relax and congratulate yourself on your accomplishment. Once you have thoroughly allowed yourself to experience all of your emotions, the next step is to set up new goals and try to attain them. While this race may be ending, there will be more to come!