Editorial: The next step

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BY NOW, college graduates are probably starting to wonder what they're going to do next with their lives.

Some may be waiting to be called back, some may be waiting for a job offer, some may be waiting for June to pursue further studies while some may be bored out of their minds.

Most, if not all, however, are contemplating the "next step" in their lives.


Many are afraid of the sudden loss of financial support from their parents, and the responsibility of pulling their own weight around the house.

And while fresh graduates drown in the nostalgia of the peak of their formative years, their looking back reveals one of the truths they cannot avoid - time continues to move forward no matter what.

The usual lines of "parang kahapon lang noong..." show how fast time flies as we get older, and that it is in fact, not slowing for anyone. And while they are crippled by fear and doubt for what to do after graduation, opportunities continue to come and go, continuing to be taken and be opened.

After nearly two decades of dealing with theories and putting pen to paper in school, graduates will soon realize that it is not theories that get you places in life, but actions.

Even as opportunities roll in, multiple questions hound them. "What if I mess up at work? What if there aren't any openings in my field?" If there's anything school could have taught students the most in their years of studying, it's that people can learn. Whether it's the fear of not knowing how to do things or fear of performing poorly, graduates themselves should know, that eventually they'll get things right.

The gripping fear of failure and uncertainty has took hold of everyone at some point, but one cannot stall forever. Time waits for no one, and we must move forward with it. Take that next step. Welcome to the real world, graduates.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 02, 2014.


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