Upcoming graduate learns of classes she cannot take

We’re just about coming up on Advising Day and I’m hearing about all of these cool classes that people are offering next semester. “You should take it,” a lot of my professors say. But alas, I shan’t be here.

It’s one of the things about graduating that has actually made me sad, aside from leaving my friends and applying for jobs.

I’ve come to know some professors who have a lot of information that they want to get out of their brains and I can no longer sit there to listen to it… unless I want to lose an extra $5,000.

To top it all off, I’m finding out about classes that I didn’t even know existed, and it’s too late for me to take them. It’s times like these where I wish there were a Buzzfeed quiz called “What random elective should you take next semester?”

I probably sound like a nerd with a nasally voice whining, “Why can’t I take more classes?” But in all honesty, if I could spend the rest of my life in class, not necessarily pursuing a degree, but just learning about more topics, I would be so happy.

Either that or I sound like a college senior who’s afraid of the real world. In all honesty, you could attribute both traits to me.

I thought about killing two birds with one stone and getting a job at a university somewhere, which would give me the perk of covering my tuition.

Some people will say that you never stop learning as you go through your adult life, which is kind of refreshing, but I feel like it’s going to be a lot more difficult than it was in the confined quarters of a university.

Fortunately our generation grew up with Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and many other informational portals on the Internet to help us learn virtually anything we need to know.

The only problem is when you end up with a Yahoo! Answers post from 2007 that may or may not still be relevant.

On the plus side, being out of college means I’ll have quite a bit more free time, obviously less stress about school work and I can take up some of my old hobbies, like reading for fun, traveling and hanging out with people who don’t have to worry about a paper that’s due tomorrow.

But with all that comes paying bills, buying groceries, being self-sufficient and finding a job in my field. You can never have it all.

But looking back on the time I spent at Gannon, I learned quite a bit, I still have a bit more to learn, I know more about my interests and I know whatever I decide to do with my life, I’ll be happy doing it.

If I ever want to learn more about something, I could always keep in contact with my professors.



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