Grace Jordan, Campus Carrier arts & living editor
Berry is nearing the end of the semester, with graduation being only two weeks away. Seniors are anxiously looking forward to the next chapter of their lives and reflecting on their time at Berry.
Many are excited about graduation, among them is senior Julia Churchill.
“I’m definitely excited about graduation and to have the moment of graduation,” Churchill said. “I was nervous with Covid and everything that I was going to have to miss out on the senior stuff. I’m very ready for the semester to end and be done with school and everything. I’m excited to just have to do one thing after this.”
Churchill has been involved in DEI work during her time at Berry. She has grown close to those she works with and says how hard it is to leave those friendships especially when not a lot of change has happened at Berry.
“It’s hard leaving all your friends,” Churchill said. “I have a bunch of senior friends obviously, but definitely also have freshman, sophomore and junior friends. Figuring out how we’re going to stay in touch after I graduate is tough. Especially because I was involved in a lot of DEI work on campus this past year and our friend group grew really close in working together towards change for that on campus. It’s kind of sad to be leaving campus and there not being much change on that front.
Churchill is an international affairs major who has been working for Preemptive Love, a nonprofit, for a year now and plans to continue to work for them after graduation.
“I have a job right now with an organization called Preemptive Love,” Churchill said. “They’re a global organization so I’m working remote for them so I will actually be moving to Boston in August. They are kind of like my dream job to work for, I’ve followed them ever since high school and interned with them last summer and then it turned into part time and it will be full time when I graduate. I definitely see myself working for them for at least a couple of years.”
Churchill plans to move to Boston with one of her friends from Berry, a decision she made only two weeks ago
“I’m moving to Boston with another senior,” Churchill said. “She was looking for a roommate and I was joking with her about a month ago about how I could move with her because I can move anywhere because I’m working remote. I was just going to live at home to save money and figure out my next step. But, two weeks ago I thought it’d be really cool to have someone I know to go and make more friends with and explore a new city with. I’ve never been to Boston. So, we’ll be living there together.”
Another senior who plans on leaving Georgia is Natalie Bertram. She is excited about graduating, but sad to leave her friends behind.
“I’m very, very excited about graduating,” Bertram said. “I’m a little sad because I’m graduating a year early so I’m leaving all my friends while they get to stay. That’s the saddest part. I’m really excited to graduate and start life after Berry, but I’m definitely sad to be leaving everyone.”
Bertram is moving to Montana the day after graduation and plans to live with her husband.
“I’m moving to Montana,” Bertram said. “I don’t have a job, but my husband does. I have a flight at 6:30 the morning after graduation.”
Bertram currently doesn’t have a job and is looking for one in Montana. According to Bertram, it has been hard to find a job due to COVID-19 impacting the work force.
“It’s definitely been a lot harder to find jobs,” Bertram said. “A lot more people are looking and a lot less companies are actually hiring anyone. Moving to another state also makes it harder because I can’t do in person interviews and a lot of people are apprehensive to hire me because they can’t actually meet me.”
Bertram plans to go to graduate school, but before that she is taking a gap year to truly figure out her next step.
“I kind of know what I want to do after graduation,” Bertram said. “I want to do something either with environmental education or an embryology type job with animal science. So, two very different things, but that’s what I’m trying to find. I want to go to grad school for potentially conservation biology. If not that it would be agriculture education. I’m taking a gap year because I’m not positive what I want to go for yet.”
A third senior moving on from Berry is James Hancock. According to Hancock, graduating is a bittersweet moment
“It’s bittersweet,” Hancock said. “I’m excited to be done with school, obviously, but I’ll miss all my friends here at Berry and all the different connections I’ve made. I’m ready to move on, but a part of me still wants to hang on.”
There aren’t many drawbacks to graduating for Hancock, but one downside of graduating is the impending world of adulthood, according to him.
“The worst thing about graduating is adulting,” Hancock said. “All these bills I have to pay, taxes. That’s the biggest thing. It’s going to be a different kind of stress, adulting stresses. It’s a little intimidating sometimes thinking about ‘you’ve followed the steps so what now.’”
Hancock intends to go to graduate school at Valdosta State University after Berry in South Georgia, an hour away from his parents.
“After graduation I’m going to graduate school. I’m going to go to Valdosta State University to study accounting. I was originally going to go to Alabama, but I’m a math person so I made an excel sheet and the benefits don’t outweigh the costs. It’s an hour away from home so I’ll be able to commute.”
Best of luck to all graduating seniors as you all traverse the next stage of your lives.