I Don't Know What I'm Doing After I Graduate, And That's OK

I Don't Know What I'm Doing After I Graduate, And That's OK

Patience is key.
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From the beginning of college all the way until now, where I am about to face my last semester of my college career, I have always known what I wanted to do when I graduate college. I know that this is something that a lot of people don’t understand because much of freshman year is about figuring out what you want to focus on for the remainder of your college career.

I know what I WANT to do when I graduate, but that doesn’t mean that I have that goal as a set plan. I am not currently employed for my post-college career, and that is OK. If there is one thing that can be stressful about college, it is that it feels as though everyone around you is already employed for their summer or indefinitely.

The reality is that, even though it feels that way, that is very subjective based on the people that you surround yourself with. For the longest time, I felt as though I was the only person on this campus who didn’t have a job yet or wasn’t even in the middle of networking, but that is not the case.

One very important thing to pay attention to is that different fields start hiring at different times during the year. While I was watching my friends go through the interview process at the beginning of the school year, I felt like a failure. It wasn’t until later that I realized that my field of PR isn’t going to start recruiting for the summer after I graduate until later on in the year.

Plans change, and that is normal. If you are not yet employed or are having a hard time going through the application and interview process, do not let that allow you to give up on your ultimate goal. Getting rejected from a job is not easy, but that does not mean that you are not set out for that career path.

You will not get every job that you apply for, no one does. Don’t feel as though everyone around you already has a job, because that is absolutely not the case. Most importantly, don’t let yourself get discouraged by the people around you. You will find a job, and you will be happy. You just have to be patient.

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We all dream about what our lives will be like when we finally turn 20.

Once we turn the big 2-0, there are about 15 things that us girls should know how to do. If you want to be a successful, independent, badass woman, this list will definitely help you out.

So, let's get started. You should be able to do the following things:

1. Own up to your mistakes

We all have our faults, but when you know you messed up, own up to it.

2. Learn to receive constructive criticism positively

We're not perfect. If friends and family give their input, just listen. They're trying to help.

3. Have a bomb signature

Signing your name is a mundane task, but leaving your mark looks good. Plus, boldly signing your name on a receipt for something you probably shouldn't have bought will definitely feel better.

4. Be able to forgive

Holding on to grudges does nothing but fill you up with negativity and resentment. Forgive and let go. 9 times out of 10, holding that grudge is not worth losing your best friend.

5. Tell a guy off

Come on girls, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Tell him how you feel. Stop being so nice. You don't need that negativity in your life.

6. Stand up for yourself

I understand it is easier said than done, but when push comes to shove, you have to show people what you're made of. At this point, letting others walk over you is just dumb.

7. Put on winged eyeliner

Hopefully, all of us have moved on from putting eyeliner in our waterlines. Hopefully, we have moved on to bigger and better things.

8. Be able to cook at least one meal (well)

It doesn't have to gourmet, but at least be able to make something for yourself. Even it's just breakfast.

9. Write a professional email

This is such an important one. No one is going to be able to take you seriously if you still use emojis in your emails.

10. Have a killer handshake (no dainty princess crap)

Having a good handshake isn't just for guys; this one is for us, too! Your handshake is one of the first things people notice about you, so make it a good one.

11. Make yourself a cup of coffee

If you have a Keurig, don't worry; this one isn't very tricky at all!

12. Take care of your body

As we get older, our metabolisms slow down and our lives get busier. Instead of doing what's convenient and easy, really think about what you are putting into your body. Stay active. Your body will appreciate it.

13. Do your own laundry and iron

If you still don't know how to do this, we have a problem. This is an essential skill. Don't let you mom do it for you!

14. Take a good picture

We've all been there. Taking a pic for your friends and then having to do it again. By now, you should have this skill mastered, too. Plus, you have to do it for the mems, right??

15. Live life with a positive attitude

Life is short. Let go of the negativity. Be grateful for what you have in life. Live life with a smile on your face.

Alright girls, do you know how to do these 15 things? If not, it's time to learn. You got this!

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I float here, dangling between two separate universes that move in tandem around my soul,

both of whom are equally a part of me.

Resting in the ripples of the sea, face towards an eternal night sky,

the waves stagnate and the planets dissolve into the abyss,

the world stops moving, the peace of floating fades away.

The cold darkness of the water mimics that of the sky,

They are the same yet so unequivocally differentAt times,

the difference is what keeps me atop the tide,

but others it brings about a defining solitude that is met with a choice,

A choice between feeding into my deepest fears, diving past desire, arms outstretched,

praying for the inevitable bottom or propelling myself towards the ephemeral yet fleeting clarity of the constellations,

where far off galaxies are my closest neighbor,

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