As a college senior, I have spent this year observing the various paths my friends and peers plan to take after graduation. While the categories I have come up with are certainly not all encompassing, here are some observations:
The Four Types of College Seniors
1). “The Plan”
Not only does The Plan know what he or she is going to do all summer, whether it is an already-established internship with ABC News or a brush-up chemistry course to prepare for med school and future residencies, but “The Plan” also has the next decade mapped out. The Plan may be looking ahead to two years of graduate school until getting a Master’s degree, then teaching in the elementary school down the block for a year years, and going back to school to earn a PhD. Or perhaps after six years of med school, The Plan will go on to complete his or her residencies, then plans on settling down with a long-term boyfriend or girlfriend of at least four years; let’s face it, we all knew years ago these two were going to get married. The students who don’t fall under this category are all envious of The Plan’s ability to have everything mapped out, causing the others to question their own decision-making processes.
2). “The Golden Child”
The Golden Child is all set to take on his or her new role at a parents’ company in the fall and his or her parents couldn’t be more pleased. In the future, the Golden Child and his or her significant other will have a pre-established house in a nice resort-town, a gift from the Golden Child’s parents. This student worked hard in school, but now it’s time to make his or her parents proud by allowing everything that’s been mapped out for him or her fall into place. Everyone is a bit envious of this student for his or her ability to cooperate and gracefully accept the roles he or she may be expected to fulfill.
3). “The Party”
The Party doesn’t plan on gradating just yet and at least not for another two years. After all, 21 is still a young age, so why not take on a few more minors to stay in school longer? Some younger friends will still be around to carry on the party and, looking back, not yet entering the real world doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. There will be plenty of time to go to work. The Party’s friends loves returning to campus to visit their old friend The Party, not only for the nostalgia reentering his or her apartment will bring, but also, because it reminds them they need to loosen up a bit. Students envy The Party for this ability especially because, in the end, everything does end up working out for The Party.
4. The Dreamer
When relatives ask The Dreamer what he or she plans on doing after graduation, his or her simple answer is “I have absolutely no idea.” Yet despite lacking a clear or definite path, The Dreamer is completely sure of what he or she loves doing and knows that in time, any pursuit reflecting these interests will bring joy to his or her life. The Dreamer, who is not enrolled in a school in the fall and is not in a long term relationship, is considering traveling the world all summer or even taking a gap year, like many students in countries such as Australia or England do; The Dreamer secretly wishes his or her own country was more accepting of gap years because it will be a fulfilling decision. He or she most likely majored in liberal arts, loves to write or produce art and plans on following these interests either while abroad or during the summer The Dreamer tries to determine what the next step is. The students who don’t fall into this category all envy The Dreamer for being so happy and in the end, everything usually works out perfectly for this student.
Which one are/were you? If, at the time you were a college senior, you were not satisfied with the category you fell into, which one do you wish you had fallen into at that point in your life?
Stereotypes are not always fair; what about these four options do you think is accurate or inaccurate? Do you think many of them arguably be blended together?