A Letter to the UCSC graduating class of 2015


By Erika Garcilazo

CAPS Peer Educator Erika Garcilazo shares her personal experience as a graduating senior and offers words of wisdom for other Slugs in the same boat.

So it’s that time of the year, at the start of Spring quarter, when the reality really begins to sink in for us Seniors. The last quarter of our long journey here at UCSC. It seems like just yesterday we were asking for directions to Classroom Unit 2. It’s been four eventful years for us Slugs and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to reminisce and really reflect on all the wonderful life lessons we’ve learned here amongst the redwoods.

On the other hand it can be really anxiety inducing having to think about moving on. The fear of failing to succeed out in the job market or as a fully independent adult can be really overwhelming for many students. And for many others simply thinking of leaving behind our nurturing campus and this stage of life can be impactful. But as all stages in life we will get through it and perhaps we might need some help along the way.

It’s important to take care of yourself and always remember it’s okay to reach out for help during this transition. In fact the best way to prepare and set yourself up for success is by utilizing the copious resources on campus. CAPS is always a good resource if you need to talk to someone. You can call (831) 459-2628 to set up an appointment, or you can give CAPS a visit in the office where you can take some time to sit in our amazing massage chair – it’s a great way to manage your stress levels!

If you’re looking for job finding resources the Career Center is the place for you! They hold drop in resume workshops, mock interviews, as well as career counseling. You can also visit to schedule an advising appointment. So don’t hesitate to get into contact with CAPS and the Career Center; even if they’re resources you haven’t used yet in your four years here doesn’t mean you can’t find them helpful in your last quarter. Let’s end strongly by keeping ourselves happy in mind and body.