You’re Graduating In A Pandemic. What’s Next?

from Brookings

Graduation is always an anxious time for young people on the threshold of the “real world,” but COVID-19 has created new uncertainties. For Generation Z, students’ final semesters are not exactly going as planned. Rather than celebrating with friends, many are worrying about finding a job while living in their childhood bedrooms. In recent years, I held career seminars for students across the country (with those tips published here). During this era of social distancing, I’ve moved these discussions online and adapted my advice.

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  1. Throughout this article, the emotions and hardships from the Covid-19 pandemic and specifically its effects on graduating students are discussed. In addition to realizing the problems and relatable concepts to many young adults who are graduating both high school and college, the article offers numerous remedies that said students can rely on to cope through these distinguished and seemingly disruptive times. I personally relate and can vouch for the effects of the concepts discussed in this article. Additionally, the remedies discussed such as focusing on the present and gradually move towards the future, while not so much focusing on the hardships endured throughout the pandemic.
    Throughout my senior year of high school, I truly didn’t realize just how much the pandemic affected me overall. However, when reflecting back, I truly believe that the pandemic has and will always have effects on my life. Whether good or bad, I feel as if the first step into truly recovering from these circumstances is realization of them. The next would to address them in ways that will help me and others around me. Now, I feel as if we’ve pretty much came out of the pandemic as we knew it to be. However, the hardest part of the pandemic for me was graduation and school in general. Despite “lucking out” with timing and graduating later into the pandemic, rather than the early stages, I still felt the repercussions greatly when it came time to graduate. For example, at my high school, there is a tradition that the graduating class takes a photo at this specific spot near out campus location. Well, our class did this and was eventually punished for gathering without masks as we did. This was just the start of the many unforeseen harmful effects on our senior year.
    To conclude, while the pandemic and its effects put an overall damper and restraint on my ability to graduate, I feel as if pressure does form a diamond in this instance. Life is not easy, and I was truly introduced to this at an early age. However, nothing introduced me to this concept as well as the pandemic did. For that reason, while many of the effects of Covid-19 can be seen as harmful, they can also benefit an individual if viewed from a different perspective

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