It's a little crazy to think that I have been out of school for an entire semester. I half expected to still be sleeping in my childhood room at this point and just "figuring it all out." But thankfully that isn't the case (Or at least the whole sleeping in a twin bed part.) I'm sure my parents are thrilled about it as well.
Graduating in December and not May does have it's perks though. Like:
1. You don't expect a job immediately. You have to enjoy Christmas break, right? No one is hiring a week before the holidays. Start fresh in the New Year. Or better yet, why not wait until mid-January when all of your friends go back to school?
2. Fewer graduates to compete for said jobs that aren't available at the end of December. I graduated with 400 in my class as opposed to 950. You can do the math.
3. Fewer graduates means a shorter ceremony. Let's face it, they can be a little dull. Especially for your family who has to come. At least you can cheer on all of your friends, they have to sit and listen to a long stream of names being called just hoping that they don't doze off during the .2 seconds it takes for your name to be called and you to walk across the stage. Also, is this a good time to talk about the parents taking photos on their iPads? Just stop, please.
4. There are more full time jobs available as opposed to internships. Companies love the summer when they can hire seasonal labor, and if it's not a great fit, well then they can say sayonara in September and be no worse for wear.
5. Graduating in December means you are either finishing early, or took a victory lap. So you either saved a couple thousand dollars, or were able to defer your loans for five more months while also stretching out your glory days just a little while longer.
In all seriousness, the one thing graduating in December didn't have was the majority of the people I entered college with. To those of you graduating tomorrow, I wish you all the best. And I know you all will do great things.