Over the past few weeks, my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with many, many pictures of friends in caps and gowns, holding flowers and diplomas. It’s a time of year to celebrate but also a time when well-meaning parents, extended family members, neighbours, and waitresses feel the need to ask the dreaded question about what’s next, reminding new university graduates that the future may not be as bright as the congratulatory cards promise. Instead, the next few months may be filled with fruitless job applications and existential angst as you discover that after four or five years and thousands of dollars spent on university, you still don’t know what the heck you want to do with your life.
Thus, I present to you ten questions that are better than “So, what are you going to do with your degree?”
1. What are some of the most important things you learned at school?
2. What do you think was your most useful class?
3. What was your most challenging class?
4. Who was your favourite professor?
5. What are you excited to do now that you’re not a student?
6. What advice would you give someone starting university now?
7. If you did it again, would you choose the same program?
8. Who are your professional or career role models? Who do you want to be like?
9. How have you changed since you started university?
10. Do you want a drink/piece of cake/hug?