Stress of Junior Year

Stress of Junior Year

Junior Year aka stressful year. While many people think college only consists of classes, there is much more added to a students plate during junior year. While classes are always insane, with papers, assignments, tests, and quizzes, there is much more than that. Junior year, consists of many other aspects in order to prepare you for the real world. Hearing the words "real world" stresses out college students beyond belief. Some of the things going through a college students mind during junior year…

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1. Resume Building

While some may think putting together a resume sounds easy, it most definitely is not. When putting your resume may questions come to mind, such as what do I put on my resume? Is this important? How do I set it up? How do I stand out from all the other applicants? Therefore, it is much more than putting all your accomplishments and jobs on a piece of paper. This is why at Fairfield University, faculty is there to help. They know the answers to your questions and if they do not know, perchance, they find out for you.

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2. Cover Letter

What on earth does someone write in a cover letter? What is the purpose of the cover letter? How do I stand out in a cover letter? A lot of time and effort is put into a cover letter because it has to be individualized to the job or internship you are applying for. Again, This is why at Fairfield University, faculty is there to help. They know the answers to your questions and if they do not know, perchance, they find out for you.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-write-a-cove...

3. Linkedin Account

Making a Linkedin account sounds fairly easy, just going through the steps that are required. Linkedin is a way to market yourself, which brings up the question, how do I stand out? Linkedin is an efficient way for companies to view applicants. Everything is in one place, showing someone's character. But what does one post? The pressure of a post reflecting if you are a potential candidate for a job makes one question everything they write. The pressure to market yourself, the pressure to show the best side of you that there is.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamarruda/2017/01...

4. References

Again, references seem like the easy step. But before you write down references, who do you use as a reference? Pick someone who can speak highly about you and show that you stand out compared to others. Once one figures out the write people that will allow for them to stand out compared to others, how to do you go about asking them? Contacting people can sometimes be like pulling teeth. It may take time for someone to get back to you, the process is long. Once you decide and ask, what do you need to know about them? Figuring out what you need from a reference can be nit picky but do not let it stand in your way. Soon, you will have all your information and everything will come together.

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/choosing-best-jo...


5. Recommendation Letters

When asking someone to use them as a reference, does that mean that you want a recommendation letter from them too? Do you use the same people? Choosing someone with excellent writing skills to speak highly of you in order for you to again, stand out.

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/tips-for-request...

6. Writing Samples

When an internship or job asks one for a writing sample, what does that imply? It is a way for you to show your writing ability along with your ability to stand out compared to other applicants. How do you choose a topic to write about that is appropriate in a job setting? How does that writing sample show how you are as a person and/or worker?

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/writing-samples-...

7. Finding the Perfect Internship

Internships are the end result to all of these steps, it is what one is striving for in college. Everyone wants to make money during their internship but plenty are unpaid positions. But the experience will be worth it in the end. Internships are about discovering what you like and dislike in the workplace. Internships lead to jobs, which leads to the rest of your life. Internships can open up lots of doors for someone, that is why standing out is important because that means things you will have a lot to add to that company.


Junior year is marketing yourself in order to attract the jobs and internships you are interested in. Take it a step at a time. Ask for help. Every college campus has an organization to help navigate the students way through this time in their lives. Standing out is important, there is a lot more than just applying for a job. There are a lot of things leading up to applying that are very stressful during junior year. Breath. Everything works out. Life will come together. Stand out.

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/ If you are stuck, this website is a huge help!

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.

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I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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