10 Questions to Ask Graduating Seniors Instead of “What Are You Going to Do Next?!”

by Abbey Martin

Let’s all take a moment to acknowledge that there’s a lot going on for graduating seniors right now. Many of them are overwhelmed finishing their degree and planning for next steps in an uncertain post-graduation world. Certainly they are being asked the question, “What are you going to do next?” by many people, which has the potential to add to overwhelm. In your own interactions, why not change things up? Let’s support students and also bring some laughter and levity into the conversation.

Here are 10 questions that look to the past and future without the weight of long-term goals:

  1. What’s something that you loved doing as a kid that you still love doing as an adult?
  2. What are you most looking forward to reading, watching, or doing this summer?
  3. If you had a YouTube channel, what would be your YouTube personality or the focus of your channel?
  4. If you were going to open your own business, what would it be, and why?
  5. What was the best class you took in college, and why?
  6. What are you most proud of in the last year or two?
  7. What’s one thing you hope will continue even after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted?
  8. What goal have you achieved that felt really far away your first year in college?
  9. What album, book, or movie has shaped who you are as a person?
  10. How have you surprised yourself while in college?

We hope these questions spur your thinking of even more fun conversation starters.

If you are planning a conversation with the goal of helping a senior process their next steps, check out the article Supporting Seniors’ Post-Graduation Thinking with conversation insights from ASC student staff.

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