My reality: Life as a senior

Kelly Copeland

A few days ago I got offered a summer internship! It is a job I have really wanted since I saw the posting on a Web site a few months ago, and I am thrilled to have an answer for “what are you going to do after graduation?” I have been asked that question more times than I can count, and up until last Friday I felt angry and anxious every time someone asked me that. Now, I feel more confident about graduation.
The job is in San Francisco and my title will be Regional Public Affairs Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It is still technically an internship position, but it is an internship that will not treat me as an intern, it is more like a real job. I will be in charge of helping with publicity in the Bay Area for the Labor Day telethon for the MDA.
I have almost worked out my living situation, and when that is complete I will feel so much more confident about graduation. I always said I wanted to have a plan for at least the summer, and now I do. I hope to have something permanent set up, but there are so many different things I can do so I don’t want to limit myself.
Graduation is almost two months away to the day, and that is scary! I finally have to leave my comfortable place here at Linfield, and having a grown up job makes it more real. Now I really have to accept I am graduating and that I can’t keep working at the job I have had for seven years. It is real now, and I can’t put it off anymore.
Tonight my roommate came into my room with her cap and gown on, just to try it on. She wanted me to do the same, but I can’t do that quite yet! It would make it too real then.

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