Students wonder if college has prepared them for life

Ruth Williams

College is a form of advanced education that some people decide to embark on either to perfect their craft or to increase their economic status.

Many Sacramento State students are finding it difficult to transition to life after college, while others have managed to take full advantage of their college awarded opportunities.

The whole point of going to college and choosing a major is to obtain a greater knowledge in a field for one’s prospective career.

However, senior digital media major Brittany Carnes finds it significantly hard to reap the full benefits of her college education. With her overflowing load of extracurricular activities, Carnes finds herself often sleep deprived.

“I feel unbelievably unprepared,” Carnes said.

When asked what could have been done differently to better prepare her for the “real world,” Carnes said she could have participated more and applied for internships.

Internships allow students to find out what they like and don’t like about their field of study and help them decide if they want to take that route in their professional lives.

Even though Carnes has a well-paying job as a bartender, when she graduates at the end of this semester she will not have a job in her field of study.

To solve the issue, Carnes offered that Sac State should have four-year mandatory advising. That way, all students will have more confidence with their academic and career choices.

As a transfer student, senior interpersonal communication studies major Kyle Hamer feels lost when it comes to his post-collegiate career.

“I’ve had to find my own way,” Hamer said.

Hamer talked about having to go outside of class time to speak with peers and instructors just to attain more information.

“I’m frustrated from the lack of guidance,” Hamer said.

Even though he admitted that being a transfer student was not easy, Hamer said Sac State has given him good critical thinking skills to apply to his future occupational skills.

Rachel Graff, a criminal justice student, greatly appreciated all that her college experience has afforded her.

“I am very appreciative,” Graff said.

She said that Sac State has helped her to get to where she is today, a graduating senior going into the child protective services field.

“Life without school is hard, you can’t find jobs,” Graff said.

Graff said that being a member of the Criminal Justice Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter, Educational Opportunity Program, and Guardian Scholars program here on campus has made her more confident.

She plans to use her experience here at Sac State to build a better future for her children than she was afforded. Graff has great expectations for herself after college.

“There’s always something new, and something better,” Graff said.