“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley
Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.
In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.
Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.
We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?
I’ve been there.
The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.
The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.
So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.
My friend, it is going to be OK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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