Looking Ahead

It’s hard to believe that the semester is quickly coming to an end, bringing to a close my final semester of classes here at Warner. With only a thesis paper standing between me and graduation I have begun to think about my future as well as my past.

I had always thought I would graduate from undergraduate school and find a job, start my career, and I would be on with my life. But just a few short months after graduation I found myself here at Warner with my head buried back in the books, continuing my education.

At this time, however, I know for certain that I will be looking for a job in the upcoming months. I have already begun searching and am very excited about the next stage in my life. I feel like I have gained so much knowledge from my six years here at the University of Rochester, and I am now ready to turn that knowledge into experience.

For a kid who started out not knowing how far he could go, I feel very proud of my accomplishments and what I have achieved thus far. I have met so many people, gained an incredible amount of social and academic capital, and feel like a more complete individual.

I do not know what the future holds for me, and I have not shut the door on returning to school to pursue my doctoral degree. But for right now I am looking forward to putting all that I have learned into practice.

Safe travels, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Article written by

Michael Shea

Michael is a full-time master’s student in the Warner School’s Higher Education program specializing in student affairs. A Buffalo, NY native, Michael graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science in May 2009.