The Times West Virginian


February 3, 2008

The journey after college

A new chapter of life awaits graduates

MORGANTOWN — The last semester of college is an experience that is hard to duplicate.

Seniors go through many emotions, including excitement, sorrow, contentment and the wish to have done more during their time.

On May 18, thousands of students will graduate from West Virginia University and begin a new chapter of life, one that will hopefully build upon what they have learned and experienced through their undergraduate career.

Bethany George and Sarah Erwin, both occupational therapy graduate students, will begin their journey of helping people get back to normal health. Landon Bush, an elementary education major, will work at a summer camp for underprivileged children and then attend graduate school at Marshall University.

George’s journey began at a small Christian school in Ohio called Cedarville. She then transferred to WVU after her acceptance in the occupational therapy program. She and Erwin were roommates during the 2006-2007 school year and will begin a fieldwork rotation in Columbus, Ohio, and Wauchula, Fla., respectively.

They will begin their fieldwork on Feb. 11 and remain there until the last week in April. Erwin says that she looks forward to visiting the beach, Disney World and Sea World while she is there. George will be staying with her brother and can’t wait to reconnect with him.

Before graduation, George said that she will also be working on her graduation speech, resume, and finding the best location for her to work and live.

Bush, like Erwin and George, looks forward to life after college, but admits that he is nervous about making it on his own.

“I can’t wait to move into different relationships and starting my own family,” Bush said. “However, it is a scary move from (being) dependent on your family and parents to begin providing for you own life and possibly someone else’s.”

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