“I got my baccalaureate degree, I made everyone happy and my parents proud, so what now?”
Those were the first disappointing yet scary words I thought of once I graduated from high school and made everybody’s dream come true. I remember how everyone was there, encouraging me and giving me advice throughout the whole year, but once it was over, it was only me and this degree in hand, along with the society’s high expectations. Today, I would like to share with you what no one ever shared with me when I needed it the most, and in the hope of being helpful, I wish to each one of you good luck.
P.S: for your own good, do not let your parents read this (wink wink).
1. It is okay not to find anything to do the day you graduate, it is also okay to be rejected from every school you apply to:
If you think the Moroccan education is not the best, here’s one more reason to prove you right. Schools nowadays are asking for high grades, straight 20s, 0 absences and unicorn hair, and if you miss one of those, never expect our very well ranked school (5789008665 in Africa) to accept you, we have standards, people.
2. Correct me if I am wrong, but HS graduation happens during Summer, and guess what we do during Summers?
I am not sure to be honest, but definitely not sobbing day and night because your best friend got a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard and you still did not get a response from the school around the corner. There are a lot of things you could choose to regret in life, but ruining a Summer for something that is not worth it ( I am definitely not talking about your education) is not one. You will find something eventually, we all do, and the kind of people who did not, managed to be the CEOs of Facebook and Microsoft (just saying).
3. Whether you get you baccalaureate degree in the second round or get it the first one with a 28/20 you are the same:
It might seem very funny and ironic to you. It is not. I met people who were never able to get their baccalaureate degree but their pictures were all over the media in conferences around the world, as well as I met people who got an 18 and you cannot even stand having a 2min conversation with them. Your grade does not define your IQ, and you still have the rest of your life to catch up on whatever you think you are missing.
4. Congratulations! you have just wasted almost 15 years of your life, you will never use what you have studied in HS:
Spoiler alert: e^(ix) = cosx + isinx will never be useful, you will never be in a very messy situation where your only way out is this equation, or any other equation, or any other class, or any other professor’s long boring lectures. Lessons come from experience, from trying new things and meeting new people, not from an equation you pulled an all-nighter to solve.
5. Relax, please! It’s totally okay to have no clue about what your future holds:
Whatever scares you will not be there to haunt the hell out of you one or two months from now, so relax! you might find your dream school as well as you might just not get into any school that was on your list. You might as well go to a school you hated so much and end up having the time of your life. Calm down, freaking out won’t change anything anyway right?
I wish I had someone to tell me “It is going to be okay” when I finished High School. I wish I had someone to tell me one truth. A truth that I’d like to share with you: No matter what you plan, no matter what you set for yourself, life has a different plan for you after graduation … Give yourself time to discover it 🙂