College Is A Clean Slate, High School Seniors, Take Advantage Of It

College Is A Clean Slate, High School Seniors, Take Advantage Of It

These decisions will change your world.

I have lived a constant routine my entire life. I wake up, go to school, go to practice, do my homework, repeat. In the fall, it was soccer. In the winter, it was basketball. In the spring, it was track. I had everything figured out. But soon that was all going to change.

College means starting over. Everything I have always known, all of the firm foundations I have built, relationships I have maintained, and reputations I have developed are in the past. This is my clean slate. Am I ready for it?

There are so many decisions to be made. Where are you going to go? What are you going to study? Are you going to pursue a collegiate athletic career? All of these questions are spiraling through your mind before you've even accepted your high school diploma.

I chose to completely flip my world upside down. I chose to attend Bowling Green State University. I chose not to pursue a collegiate athletic career with the intention of being able to put myself out there and get involved in activities I've never had the chance to do. I chose to pursue education, just to realize two weeks into my first semester that my passion lies elsewhere. I went from living a life where everything was planned out and permanent, to a life where things that used to be constant, are changing all the time.

This lifestyle flip has been a roller coaster. The best I can do is strap on my seat belt and enjoy the ride. It is going to have its curves and flips, but it's these obstacles that will help me become the woman I am striving to be.

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The Stages Every College Kid Looking For An Internship Goes Through, Rinses And Repeats

I'm either underqualified or overqualified.

Some majors require an internship, and some do not. However, us college students are always told that having an internship could really benefit you when finding an entry-level job when you graduate. As the new year begins, many college students are competing and applying for all of these internships and it's nervewracking.

Here are the stages of finding an internship, told by a college student:

1. Writing a perfect resume and cover letter.

It has to be perfect. You want it to look like everybody else's, but somehow it needs to stand out as well. You have to fit work experience, education, your skills, volunteering, leadership roles, and your relevant coursework all on one page? Good luck. Also, everyone has different views on what makes the best resume and cover letter. Which one does my dream job like the best?! The world may never know.

2. Applying for internships and temporary jobs.

You scroll through a million job websites trying to find titles that seem fitting in your area. Some of the qualifications are not fair and do not make sense. Other qualifications a monkey could do. It's all over the place on the web so be careful of what you choose. You send about 100 applications and send your resume to 100 employers, hoping to get one stinking internship.

3. You get an email of interest.

Oh, happy day! A company potentially wants to hire you! You get all excited for it, but then realize how nervous you are.

4. You get an email that you have been denied.

Well, better luck next time. You win some, you lose some. There's still hope (or at least that's what we tell ourselves).

5. You prepare for the interview.

You research their website and their company so that when it comes time for the interview, you are their biggest fan. You have to mentally prepare yourself for this interview.

6. You do a phone interview.

You are ready for them to ask you what your strengths and weaknesses are, and the basic questions. Then, they throw you a curveball. You answer to the best of your ability and regret your answer later, wondering if that just ruined your interview.

7. You want to meet this company and they want to meet you.

This is it. You got the real-deal interview. I guess they liked what you said in the phone interview when you just kind of word-vomited everywhere! OK, now you have to prepare for this interview, which will be even scarier.

8. You finally get an internship.You got the offer!

You got the offer! There is some miracle out there that they picked you out of at least 50 applicants and you are thrilled. You are the chosen one.

Do all of this on repeat while taking five to six classes, fulfilling extracurricular activities, and work, and you will find an internship right away (or not)!

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Things You Should Know Before Applying to Grad School

It's not as scary as you think, but it is a lot of work.

Graduate school is a route that many young and hopeful undergrads look for once they read their junior, senior, or post-collegiate years. To many, the idea of graduate school might be a daunting task to set into motion, while to others, it might seem like the obvious next step. Whether you're sure about graduate school or not, here are a few things you must know that might help you make your decision.

1. Applying isn't as scary as you think it might be

I applied well after I graduated from college so I could work and save up some money. Despite having been in school for more than half of my life, I somehow forgot all about the structure of school and the application process in general. As a result, I became panicky and anxious at just the mere thought of having to create an account and read through the long, LONG lists of things to do and send in. Yet as I've just turned in my first application, I feel much better about it. It wasn't as terrifying as I thought, although trust me - it IS a lot of work.

2. Applying is a lot of work

As I said before, there's a lot that goes into applying to graduate schools. Depending on what you're trying to pursue your masters in, there's usually an essay portion, a statement of interest, or a "personal statement," as well as GRE/MCAT/LSAT scores that have to be sent in, and sending in your transcripts. Depending on what you plan to do and where you plan to go, there could be loads of other aspects, such as interviews or resumes to be uploaded.

3. It's pretty much all online

You'd think that would make it easier, but nope. Unless you're a pure technological wizard, there are going to be times when you look at the website and think "what on earth?" simply because it is such an involved process. Just make sure to re-read everything and double check what you've uploaded.

4. It ain't cheap

I repeat - applying to graduate schools is not cheap. You have to have a lot of money saved up just to apply to ONE college. You've got the application fee (ranges from $40-80), the test fee ($200+), sending in your transcripts fee ($10-20), and sending in your test scores fee ($20+). Add that up and that's way too much money to spend just so that you can spend even MORE money on that education. Now multiply that by four or five because that's probably how many schools you're applying to anyway. It's. Very. Expensive. It's not fair, but that's the price you pay (pun not intended) for wanting to better yourself, your career, and your education. Awesome.

5. You shouldn't be afraid to email or call the school of your choice

The graduate admissions office is there to help. Call them, call the coordinator for your desired program, and have them put you in contact with an actual living, breathing graduate student. I did that, and having someone tell me their experiences at the school helped ease my worries so much. These people want you to succeed (they also want your money - refer back to number four) so don't be afraid to utilize their knowledge to benefit yourself.

6. Visit the place you want to go to

It's not always possible, but in the event that it is, go for a little weekend trip to explore your options. I loved going down and visiting the places where I have applied and since doing so, I have a better idea of where I want to go and potentially start the rest of my career and life.

If you've had any issues with figuring out your life post-college, then look no further at this article to help you realize the steps that must be taken in order to apply. It might save you a lot of strife in the long run!

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