Hey, Ethan the Intern here! Life is all fun and games, until you actually have to be an adult.


College is a very fun and rewarding experience, and it certainly has been for me at WKU. But it also makes you think about what's really important. The transition to full-on adulthood is extremely difficult for a lot of people, and I'm sure it will be for me as well. It's also a tremendous responsibility. Here are my 5 biggest worries about life after graduation.

5. Do I have the ability to say goodbye to the college life, and everything that goes along with it? There have been times during my college years when I legitimately thought I wasn't going to pass my classes. I've had to dig deep and work extremely hard to get to where I'm at. But the friends that I've made along the way, and all the fun times we've had together has made college a very enjoyable experience for me. When I finally walk across that stage and get my degree, I'll feel a wave of happiness and joy for sure. But I'm worried about my social life, and how my transition to the real world will affect it.

4. Am I really prepared to enter the real world? I believe that the people I've surrounded myself with, along with the classes I've taken, have prepared me for life. But there's no way of knowing until I actually enter the real world, on a professional level. I've always made an effort to project a mature, professional image. Obviously, there have been times in my life that I have failed to do so. That's just human nature. The main concern for me is how I'm going to react when there's important bills to pay and mouths to feed at home. That's certainly true for a lot of people out there as well.

3. Will I ever find "the right one" for me? I'll be the first one to admit that I haven't had a whole lot of luck when it comes to dating. I've been in some very good relationships, but I've certainly taken my lumps over the years. I feel like most guys nowadays need a good woman in their lives, for encouragement and for the hard times. I know I certainly do. I'm worried that I may not have the patience to wait for the right one to come along.

2. Will I find the job that I've worked so hard to get? The main reason why I'm in college to begin with is to give myself an opportunity for a more satisfying and sustainable professional career. This is true for a lot of other people as well. In my case, I'm in pursuit of a professional broadcasting career. But it seems like every day, I see stories of people struggling to find work, even with a 4 year bachelor's degree. I've worked so hard for so long to get to this point, and I'm concerned about finding somewhere to land after graduation.

1. Do I have the skills necessary to succeed in the professional world? I've taken just about any class you can think of. Most importantly, I've taken classes pertaining to the acquisition of key broadcasting skills. I'm concerned that I'll encounter something in the professional world that I'm not prepared for, and how I'm going to respond to it.

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