It’s the calm before the storm. Next week, my 75 students in four classes will be toiling away at the ubiquitous end-of-semester assessment instrument, the final exam.
It’s like waterboarding, but without the water and the board. But finals do serve the same stated purpose, that is, to extract the truth.
I hope that while I am writing this, my students are studying for their finals. Most of the students who will take my finals next week are graduating in May. This is one last obstacle before they walk.
I wish them much luck, both on their exams and in their lives after graduation. I will miss them.
But before they can go, they must pass one last exam. It’s too late now to go back and get it. It’s all over but the successful completion of finals and then the graduation ceremony. In a matter of days, they’ll walk out of Towson, diploma in hand, and try to find work.
My May grads face the toughest job market we’ve seen in decades. But they will find their way. I know this. I know this because I did. If I can do it, anyone can. They will, too.
In the end, it is not the destination, but the journey that matters. My May grads will come to know this. Being successful in life is largely a matter of handling what life throws at you. Finding a job is a first great test, a harsh one this day and time no doubt, and certainly not the last test they will face.
But it is a start. Now it’s time to clean up the Facebook pages (especially the photos), get some businesslike clothing, practice speaking in complete, coherent sentences (and writing them, too), and hit the job search circuit.
In time, I will hear from some of my former students when they find work. They will proudly tell me all about the new job. I will celebrate with them, knowing all the time that they would do it.