Wednesday marked the exact mid-point of my senior year. It was the middle of week 5, which means there are only 15 weeks of classes until graduation. Whoa.
This milestone has led me to reflect on my time here at RIT and whether or not I am ready for the “real world” that looms just around the corner. From the ages of 4 to 22, I have gone to school 5 days a week, 180(ish)days a year. Being a student is all I know and like many other college seniors, I am terrified and exhilarated at the prospect of starting a new chapter in my life that doesn’t include school.
Am I ready and qualified to be a “real person”? Whether I believe it or not, the answer of course is yes. RIT has more than prepared me for any job that I end up with. I have a specific and marketable skill set, design, and (thanks in part to my year at St. Lawrence) I have a solid foundation in the liberal arts which means something very important: I know how to think.
You may be thinking, “Uh…duh. Everyone knows how to think. Is this girl for real?” But I’m not talking about asinine, everyday thoughts here. I’m talking about critical thinking skills. The ability to objectively view information and form an opinion, pass judgment, or solve a problem based on that information is a skill that you’ll find not everyone has and one that a good education, like the one you’ll receive at RIT, will cultivate in you.
Although I’m anxious about leaving the safety and familiarity of the world of education, I am comforted by the fact that my three years at RIT have more than prepared me for any situation that comes my way. With that said, I’m off to give a tour then hit up the library for some homework!