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.

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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The Random Roommate That Was Fate

From strangers to best friends, sisters and lifelong partners.

One of the things that I was most excited about for college was meeting new friends. Coming from a small town where everybody knew each other, I was just ready to meet a whole new group of people. So when it came down to figuring out where I was going to live, I decided to just go random with my roommate. While of course I was nervous at first since so many people have had horror stories with random roommates, I knew that most likely, I was going to be fine.

When I got my room assignment, I found that I was rooming with 3 other girls. When I found out my immediate roommate, I began to, as one does, look at all her social media. Quickly I realized that we were complete opposites. I’m a Disney-loving theatre kid, and she’s an athletic soccer player. Seeing all of our differences definitely got me nervous, but I was still excited to get to know the girl that I would be sharing a room with for a whole year.

When it came around to move in day, we met for the first time in the lobby of our dorm. I made eye contact, called her name and said “Hey! I’m your roommate!” and gave her a big hug. She probably thought I was crazy in that moment.

My roommate became the person that knew everything about me and I could tell her anything without shame. She laughed at my corny jokes and my terrible dance moves, and she always knew how to make me feel better when days were hard. I try to do the same for her, and hopefully succeed.

When we went on breaks, we would text all the time (or as often as we could when we weren’t working) just to keep up with each other and tell funny stories we experienced. We even became snap famous for a day! She became my person, my best friend. Even through all our differences, we found that they brought us closer together to create a friendship unlike any other.

Not only did I get a roommate for another year, I got a friend for a lifetime. To my best friend, my pal, my random roommate. I am SO thankful for you.

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I Am Embarrassed To Be A Millennial

In light of the Tide Pod challenge, I feel like I should be honest about my generation.

I wanted to write an article shaming the people from my generation who are eating Tide Pods, but that has been done. So, I wrote this instead.

People hate Millennials for a variety of reasons. We are “lazy, entitled brats”, or so the older generations say. I am a Millennial. I was born in 1993. I may be an older Millennial, but I am a Millennial none the less. And, if I am being honest, I am embarrassed to be a Millennial, and not because of what older generations say about my generation, but because of those who make the older generations think we are, in fact, “lazy, entitled brats”. I’m not like the other people in my generation, so, please, don’t assume that I am anything like my generation simply because I was born in the 90s.

I have never been like other people my age. I have always surrounded myself with adults, because I never clicked or connected with people my own age. I’m terrible with children – always have been, even when I was one. My generation does things differently. I am old fashioned. I want to go on real dates and talk on the phone – not text "f*ckboys" I meet on Tinder. I like having a landline in my home. I know what a landline is! I have the common sense to not eat a piece of plastic filled with laundry detergent. I believe in hard work, determination, getting to places on time – or even early. I know that things don’t come free – money, love, respect. If you want something, anything, you need to earn it. I struggled to get a job. I applied and applied, and I finally got a part time job, and I have been there five years. So many of my co-workers over the last five years have been let go, because they were young people who thought that they could come in late and not do their fair share of the work and still get paid. Sadly, this isn’t all of my generation. A lot of the people I know in my generation are like me, but the few that are afraid to talk on the phone and spend their free time eating Tide Pods and stalking Kylie Jenner are the ones in the limelight. They are the ones the media zones in on, and they are the ones that make me look bad, and while I hate that, maybe it is a good thing? Maybe it is good to know that I look bad at the expense of the bad Millennials. At least I know that I am not making the bad ones look good when they did nothing to deserve it.

There are a lot of really great things about Millennials. Studies show we are nicer and more accepting than older generations. We believe in equal rights between races and genders, and we are strongly for gay marriage. We are lovers and not haters. We practice safer sex more than other generations. On average, Millennials have less sexual partners than other generations (eight per lifetime as apposed to 10 for Gen X and 11 for Boomers), and start having sex at older ages than older generations. And, despite what people say, Millennials are not job-hoppers. People who are ages 22 to 29 today are less likely to leave their job than their older co-workers, and those who do leave are leaving for better paying jobs. So, while you Gen-Xers and Boomers sit there are complain about my generation, know two things: 1. Millennials are kicking more ass than you ever could imagine and 2. The morons of my generation are ruining it for people like me – a hard working millennial who is quite honestly embarrassed to call herself a Millennial despite all their good qualities. So, a heartfelt thank you to you Tide Pod eating morons that are giving my generation a bad name. You should feel so much shame.

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