The Oberlin Review

Post-Graduation Plans Draw Unnecessary Judgment

Editorial Board

April 24, 2015

With the announcement that Michelle Obama will speak at this year’s Commencement, graduation is looking more exciting. But for those of us in the class of 2015, any excitement about accepting a diploma is compounded with anxiety about what comes next. And that’s more than just a question we’re asking ourselves. Parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, professors — they all want to know: “What are you doing after graduation?” While this question is usually motivated by well-meaning curiosity or support, the answer is often an opening for commentary, judgment and unsolicited advice. Students typically respond with one of three answers: either no idea, a half-formed plan of where they’ll live or what...

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