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Dear Ben & Frank

How did you feel when you graduated college?

Question Submitted by Brad

Ben SaysIt took me a long time to graduate (6 years) and I didn’t feel like there was much build up to the end. One day it was just over. There was a little party and dinner with my family and that was that. At the time I was frantically raising money and preparing to go to Alabama for a month for Project M so there wasn’t really any time off.

It wasn’t until after Project M and after a month long job search that I was settled in Austin working for The Decoder Ring that it really started to sink in that I was in a new phase of my life. In school I was so focused on learning and becoming the best designer that I could that nothing else really mattered. Being done with that I started to find old hobbies I enjoyed and actually slept again. Life outside of school has been much much less stressful for me so far. I realized that there wasn’t something I was working towards anymore and that I could do anything I wanted. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that is but it’s a pretty fun process.

          

Frank SaysI felt exhausted, confused, liberated and directionless. It was awesome/horrible. I gave myself so much anxiety because I felt like there was so much to be done, but I had no idea what to do. There were a lot of decisions to be made, and I felt like I had to make them myself. And I was paralyzed. It was such a wide open world, but none of the choices felt like me.

When I graduated, I decided to live off of savings for a summer, start freelancing and take the 3 months to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Years later, I’m still freelancing, and starting to realize that maybe this, along with all the other things I’ve accidently stumbled into, are what I’m meant to do with my life.