Whether it’s taking a post-class nap on the quad, sipping on an afternoon blue cup at He’s Not Here or climbing the 128 steps to the top of the Bell Tower, seniors across campus are doing their best to relish their last few days in Chapel Hill.
With graduation just 16 days away, the doom and gloom of the real world is inching closer and closer for the class of 2018.
Soon enough, waiting in line for hours at UNC basketball games will be replaced with waiting in line for hours to check out at Harris Teeter. Wild spring breaks in Cancun will turn into wild spring cleaning in your 36 square-foot apartment.
But no matter how hard seniors fight it, graduation isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the adulthood greeting them with a handshake and diploma just across that stage.
Sue Harbour, the associate director of University Career Services, takes it upon herself to make sure students find success after graduation.
“We provide opportunities for students to learn how to effectively run a job search or internship search,” Harbour said. “And that means being prepared, having a stellar resume, knowing how to interview effectively, cleaning up their professional image and how to network.”
This year, UCS put on 12 career fairs, hosted 253 companies for recruiting events and held 4,238 on-campus interviews for internships or full-time jobs.
In the class of 2017, 62.6 percent of students knew exactly what they would be doing within six months of graduation.
Bryana Nguyen, a senior media and journalism major, doesn’t share that same sense of security when it comes to her post-grad life.