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I Don’t Know What To Do After Earning My Degree(s), but I’m Actually Not Worried About It

I’m officially a senior here at UNLV, this means I am going into the fourth year of my degree. In approximately one semester, I will be walking across the stage at the commencement ceremony, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. So naturally, I should be stressed out right now.

However, I have got a plan… sort of. After I earn my undergraduate degree in Chemistry, my goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (you do not hear that every day). That takes care of the next five years of life after my undergrad degree. But afterward, that is when things start to get messy for me. Once I’ve become Dr. Ahmed, what do I do next? Honestly, I have no idea.

This is what would be the stressful part for me. I’m the kind of person that needs a plan! Vacations for me need an itinerary. So then, you must be wondering, why am I not stressed about it? I have learned a lot during my time at UNLV and there are two big things that have stopped me from being stressed about my life post-school:

  1. There are a ridiculous amount of resources at UNLV to help me even after I graduate!

  2. It’s okay to not have a plan!

Let’s dive into this then.

There are a Wild Amount of Resources at UNLV for Alumni :

The main thing I want to focus on here is Career Services. If you have not heard of Career Services yet, boy am I glad that I get to be the one to tell you! As a student at UNLV, Career Services can help with resume-building, mock interviews, and they can even help you research careers you might enjoy based on your major or interests! And they don’t stop there! Career Services can also help students who are interested in graduate school! They can help you with writing your personal statement/letter of interest. The best part is that these services are also available to alumni (graduated students)! Part of the reason I am not stressed about life after my degrees is that I know I will be able to rely on this resource when I am looking for jobs, internships, and even post-doctoral study options.

It’s Okay if You Don’t Have a Plan:

This one is a bit more personal. Not having a plan can be stressful, but a really important life skill is the ability to roll with the punches and adapt as necessary. Sometimes, your plan can be just seeing where life takes you, and that’s a good plan too! That’s my current plan. As long as you have a good idea of the things you will and won’t compromise, you’ll find opportunities everywhere!


Em Ahmed

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Major: Chemistry

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