Speaking to my friends and classmates, I notice a frightening trend: very few of us can envision a happy, successful life after university.

To us, it feels like life comes to a dead end after graduation. Movies and TV shows consistently portray adults and recent graduates stuck in dead-end jobs that seem to lead them nowhere.

The adults around us aren’t much help either. Most of them spend most of the time perpetuating the idea that the decisions you make as a teenager are the decisions you’ll have to stick with for the rest of your life.

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Parents try to force their children into careers and teachers do nothing but prepare you for exams you might have to take someday.

We have nobody to tell us what life will be like after school. I know it may seem like it a lot of the time, but life doesn’t end when university ends. In fact, that’s when it starts.
Graduation from university opens the doors to a multitude of paths, depending on where you chose to stop your studies. After university comes the time where you get to truly be independent.

I won’t lie, it will definitely be hard. There will definitely be failures, moments where you feel like everything you’ve achieved has been for nothing. Some experiences will test you like you’ve never been tested. But life has a funny way of working out sometimes.

You can be happy outside school.

You can be happy without school.

You can be happy if things don’t turn out the way you hoped they would.