Settling into life after graduation can be difficult for many recent grads. It’s easy to miss the structure of college, as well as daily interactions with friends, a consistent sense of community and concrete goals to work toward each day. After graduating, things are a lot more fluid, and it can be hard to make sense of life and find fulfillment.
Recent alumnus Muhannah Hossain, Virginia Tech ’19, is working as a laboratory assistant in Charlottesville, Virginia. He outlined what he misses about college and his SigEp experience, and what he’s found helpful in making the transition to the post-college stage of life.
Hossain pointed out how, as an undergraduate, he benefited from great mentors and a solid support system. That doesn’t exist automatically after college. He realized that if he could find a way to pay it forward, he could find a sense of fulfillment and recapture some of that positive structure.
When the opportunity emerged for Hossain to volunteer with the Sigma Epsilon Chapter at the University of Virginia, he jumped on it. Formalizing your post-graduate relationship with SigEp by volunteering will not only add structure to your life, but also increase your own sense of fulfillment as you help undergraduates understand and define their goals.
If you move away from your college town like Hossain did, there is likely a SigEp chapter near you that needs support — there are over 200 SigEp chapters, one in nearly every state. Or, you could always serve as a mentor remotely.
As Hossain said, “Being engaged with SigEp showed me that no matter where life takes you, home is never as far away as you think it is when you’re involved with SigEp.”
You can view Hossain’s video on IGTV here.