When I first started at the University of Minnesota, I was already in a position where I was well aware of not only the university I had chosen to pursue higher education, but the values that the university held in close regard. This might seem strange, but the simple truth is that this is my reality. In the lead up to becoming a university student, I made it a point to thoroughly research all my options before ultimately deciding which university I was going to enrol in. After months of research and the like, I decided that I was going to attend the University of Minnesota. It is a decision I have been happy with ever since.
I am now in my final year of university. The future is really exciting, and it is closer than it has ever been. For me, what I really wanted from my university experience (aside from my degree with a top university, of course) was support. I wanted to go to a university that supported me not only academically, but as I navigated the transition from a full-time university student into a fresh graduate that was looking to make her first moves into her chosen career field. You would be surprised how few universities not only promise this, but actually follow through with it. The University of Minnesota does, and it does it well.
The university that continues its care into the field
This is a university that not only works especially hard to ensure that its students get to graduation, but that they are adequately prepared for the ceremony itself and everything that comes after - including stepping into one’s chosen career field for the first time. I am in the position now of beginning to seek advice and guidance about how to take those first tentative steps into my career after I graduate. I have gone to support groups and a school guidance counsellor, and I now feel confident and excited about the career path that I have ultimately chosen for myself. It is a freeing feeling and it is one that I am proud of.
The reassurance of having my university’s support
I knew that as a fresh university graduate turned eager candidate in my chosen field, it was going to take some adjustment to settle into the next stage of my life. After having multiple brainstorming sessions with a school guidance counsellor, and getting the advice and support of my peers and even some industry professionals (thank you, local and online industry networking events), I know that I am going to be stepping into this next stage of my life as confidently as possible, as well as being as informed as possible. It is an exciting feeling and it is one that I am both confident and thrilled with.
The future for me has never looked so bright and exciting
My campus advisors and the like have assisted me in figuring out my next steps after graduation. I am going to be a web designer. I am still working out the logistics (do I apply for Austin Web Design Firms and then move out there, or do I stay here and work at one of the web design companies here?), but I am very much ahead of many of my peers, which is both comforting for me and sad for them. The bottom line, however, is that I am prepared - and that is largely thanks to the University of Minnesota.