8 Ways Transitioning Into A Professional Is Rough

8 Ways Transitioning Into A 'Professional' Is Rough

Who knew there would be things I'd miss out on once I put the serving tray down?


The last of the millennial generation is dipping their toes in the business world. We're changing the way it's done, no less.

Many of us, like the generations before, have been working some minimum wage job since high school or college and are preparing to shed those for "adult jobs." During this process, as I personally prepare to leave my restaurant job in the somewhat near future, I've come to find that there are some patterns and habits I will miss out on when I'm a "businesswoman."

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1. Service industry night discounts

There are so many restaurants and bars that give out late night happy hours for servers with OLCC cards. It's such a pure and wholesome act. I'll truly miss it once my OLCC expires and I'll have no reason to renew.

2. Saying goodbye to tips

Although adult jobs pay more, I'm so used to just walking home with some cash every night. That will certainly take some adjusting.

3. The ol' 9-5

Not that these hours are in any way bad. I've just spent the last three and a half years on dinner shift restaurant time. If you know a server— you know what I mean.

4. I can't flip off ANYONE on the road anymore

Let's be honest, Portland road rage is real. We're all yuppies and hippies, but we're also non-confrontational. Put us in the safety of our cars and we'll let all our rage out. I've been known to flip off a dumbass here and there.

Becoming a realtor will change all of that. What if I want them to work with me one day? Can you imagine pulling up to a meeting with someone and they're like, "Hey, did you call me an ass in traffic yesterday?"

5. Free or discounted food

Like, this is why you get into the food biz. I adore having free vegan food at my fingertips three to four nights a week. I can't imagine going to my restaurant after leaving and paying full price.

6. Interaction with people my age

Waiting around for friends in the business world like...

7. Vacation time

Currently, I have a plethora of other servers who are happy to cover me when I want to get out of town. Becoming a business-person could mean you're the only one who does your job, and having to plan around that.

8. Difference in celebrating styles

My server buddies and I tend to smoke the devil's lettuce. The people in my office prefer liquid courage. Not that server's don't drink, but real estate agents drink.

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13 Things All Nursing Majors Know Really Well, Besides The Inside Of Their Eyelids

Ah yes, multiple night shifts, in a row. Splendid.

College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.

3. When your professors schedule two tests in the same week along with 25 PrepU quizzes

4. When your test answer was correct but not the MOST correct

5. When you go home for break and your family members ask you how nursing school is going

6. When you somehow find time to go out but don't know how to dress in something other than scrubs

7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes

8. When your clinical instructor lets you pass meds and start an IV all in the same day

9. How you feel when your patient says, "You're going to be a great nurse someday!"

10. When your friends get upset that you can never hang out with them anymore

11. When you argue with your professor on a test question and earn the whole class points back

12. How you felt after you successfully gave your first shot to a patient

13. And when you realize that one day all of this stress and hard work will finally pay off and you will have the job of your dreams!

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It Is OK Not To Have An Internship Yet, So Stop Stressing

The question of the hour is "What are you doing this summer?" and here's my reply.


It's ok for me not to have an internship this summer and here's why.

Throughout my undergrad years, I've turned into a resume-builder. I was the person always applying for every position, involved in multiple things at once, always looking for ways to achieve new feats, and develop my skills. I was lucky with interviews, more often than not getting the positions that I applied to and feeling confident at all times.

Junior year was a grueling wake-up call for me. My peers began getting summer internship offers as early as October while I was barely starting to look at postings. November came around and the big-name brands began setting deadlines for positions that many of my friends were competing for.

Going through an intense recruiting process for one brand, I came to a few realizations — to make it through the first round of selection, you often need to have a personal relationship with someone in the company. Sometimes the recruiting process can take only a few weeks, other times, months. Lots of times you won't even get a response to your application, period! Another harsh realization was that many marketing or communications jobs (even the paid ones) will most likely NOT lead to a job offer after graduation.

I was heartbroken when I found out that a position I had been interviewing and had been prepping for months was offered to another applicant in mid-March. Reconsidering my qualifications or lack thereof was a blow to my before-inflated ego. I began thinking about my values and my needs for the summer.

Why is there so much pressure on undergraduate students to have multiple internships, or at least an internship the summer before they graduate? Almost all entry-level jobs require experience these days but many internships are either unpaid or require prior experience.

Around April, the number of students announcing their post-graduation or summer plans on social media is at an all-time high. I know that I've seen these posts and felt less than or unhirable on multiple.

"What are your summer plans?" they ask.

When I reply that I don't have any, I'm often met with "reassuring" remarks about how they're sure that I'll find an internship soon.

I find myself explaining myself to my acquaintances that barely care. There are other ways that I can fill my time in other meaningful ways than having a crazy cool internship. I can practice self-love by focusing on exercise, mentorship, hobbies, saving money, traveling, studying for the GRE, and spending time with friends and family. I've realized I barely know what field I want to go into so how am I expected to have an internship this summer in that field?

I've come to accept that it's okay for me not to have an internship this summer because it is not what I need right now. And to those struggling with a similar situation, I hope that you find what you need this summer and can meet those pesky questions with confidence.

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