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Taking the next big step

Lauren Walton | FSU VP Athletics | Opinion | March 30th, 2009

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This is my final article for this wonderful student newspaper, and I guess it's like my final goodbye. And it's my goodbye to so much — to all the staff I've come to love working with, to Fanshawe College, to living in London and my life as a student. It's ridiculous that all the steps that I've taken to get where I am now, this next step is a huge step for me, and it's the weirdest feeling ever.

It's time to go out in the real world and start looking for careers. Not just jobs, careers! That seems so crazy, I'm not even 21, I still like spending my weekends on Richmond Row, and now I have to go out and buy business clothes and try this whole responsible thing? It's just crazy.

No more spending my money at the mall or downtown, it's time to consider the practical purchases, like curtains and skillets. For me personally, I have to spend money on stuff that I can put on my resume, like certifications and stuff.

I have learnd SO much from living in London, both in residence last year, downtown this summer and in my house this year. From paying bills “on time”, almost getting eviction notices and cleaning BEHIND the garbage can (it's gross), I have had to be more responsible then ever imagined. And even at times, when I'm not responsible, I've learned my lessons.

But to be completely honest, as scary as going out and working seems, you should feel super prepared. For me at least, my teachers have been amazing, and even though everyone complains about tests and certain classes, it's all that stuff that has gotten me ready to go out and face the working world. Think about the jobs that you've had along the way, it's awesome to hand your resume to an employer because you honestly feel that you've gained enough experience to put you ahead of other people. And now you've got your education to back that up, it seems like a flawless plan!

Personally, my plan is to get out there, pay off the OSAP that I owe, travel a bit and experience all the things that are now available to me. School may be coming to a close, but that means so much more is about to open up. This is the first September that I can remember that I don't have to go to school, and I love it.

Moral of the story is, you've met a bunch of people, had so many experiences along the college way, both good and bad, and now it's time to step out and put all your knowledge to work. It only works if you work it!
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