The Writer Graduates

The Writer Graduates

The starving artist, they will call you.
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You have done something that most people will never understand. You have just graduated… with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing.

The starving artist, they will call you.

The struggling writer, they will call you.

When they picture your future, they will see dark rooms lit by single desk lamps, workspaces piled high with fluttering manuscripts, and you—hunched over, bags under your eyes and a red pen clenched in one fist. They see mountains of rejection letters and they feel your torment and they will wonder ‘Why did she decide to get a degree in writing?

Reality: you will face rejection and torment. But you knew this. You’re a writer. You’ve been thinking about it since you first decided to go for a writing degree all those years ago. But now you’re crossing the stage and shaking hands and wait a second, you actually have to go out there and make a living with this now.

It’s going to be all right. Like I said: you knew this. Four (or more) hard years of work are behind you, and before you is a life full of imaginative possibilities.

Two years ago, at a school event, an adult asked me what my major was, and I answered truthfully—writing.

“Oh…” he said. “What do you plan to do with that degree?”

A flash of rage passed over me. I managed to dampen my tone just before I spoke.

“Whatever I want,” I said.

It’s still true. I knew my rage was justified. It takes guts to go for an arts degree in a culture dominated by a moneymaking mindset. But the options are growing every day, and the key ingredient to making your way as a professional writer is persistence. Even if people call you a starving artist and a struggling writer, you must remember that's not the important part. Sticking with your passions and pushing to make them reality are what will keep you afloat.

Remember also that your writing degree is indeed worth something. It will get you interviews with businesses that are looking for writers with educational experience and involvement. It proves you had the focus and dedication to complete something huge, and are now willing to apply those skills to the workforce. It shows you can handle responsibility. And the amount of jobs related to writing is actually pretty high. Social media is a huge field, as is freelancing and even opportunities like guest blogging or book reviews. The jobs are out there. It might not be doctor or lawyer level pay, but once again: you knew this. You persist anyway.

A wise friend once said ‘If you can write, you’re already two steps ahead of anyone else.’

In other words, communication deserves far more credit than it gets. Take pride in your writing degree and aspire to use it however you wish. Writing is the most immortal prospect in all humanity, and you have chosen to be part of that immortality.

You’re an officially-recognized writer now. Step out there and write.

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Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

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There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

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1. "Your best resources are your professors." - Meghan

There are cool, helpful people that are in your career field or know someone who can get you to your dream job––your professors. Whether your path is grad school or a career, networking with them is one of your best options. The amount of wisdom and knowledge they possess is overwhelming. That's why people tell you to get to know your professors they're a great resource for your entire career. Their knowledge goes way past theory and practices––they can give you great advice about your strengths, companies you should apply for and the best graduate schools for you.

2. "Stop planning and start enjoying." - Hannah

You still have time in college left, so stop stressing so much about checking everything off your checklist. It's important to have goals and achieve them, but enjoy your time left in college. Enjoy time with your friends, go sleigh ride down the hill with a trashcan lid and stay up late watching movies with your friends, eat junk food and talk about your lives and explore cool places and just live. You'll never get your time in college back, but you have the rest of your adulthood to worry about your career and checklist. You don't want to look back and realize you wasted this time.

3. "Shake as many hands as you can." - Noah

Did someone speak to your class? Shake their hand and introduce yourself. Introduce yourself to your professors and the people at career fairs. Be kind to your peers and help them when they need it. You never know where it may lead to in the future. People are placed in our lives for a reason––it's up to us to build connections with them.

4. "Your bucket list is important!" - Chava

You'll never have this amount of free time again. You'll never get the chance to study abroad, have a spring break and three months off in the summer. What are the things you desperately want to do? Do you want to travel across Europe, hike the Appalachian Trail, snorkel with dolphins or travel to a cool city? This is your chance. There are all kinds of study abroad and options for you to travel while in college. Don't let these experiences slip through your fingers. Yes, college is important, and I understand having to work, I do too. But realize that this free time you have now is valuable. Don't spend it all working––we have the rest of our lives to do that.

5. "Honestly, adulting is kind of a trap but it's a part of growing up." - Maggie

Adulting is rough. You're faced with the expense of living on your own, working every day from 8-5, upholding several responsibilities and it can be overwhelming. Even if you feel prepared now, you will feel belittled at some point. Even though it's rough, I've learned to embrace it. If we look back for our entire lives, we will never learn to embrace where we are. Enjoy every part of your life. Enjoy being in college and when you've graduated, enjoy adulthood. Did I enjoy college? Yes, absolutely. But I don't wish for it back. Because I know that each phase in our life is beautiful and it's up to us to enjoy it.

6. "Learn to budget now, your future self will thank you later." - Maredith

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7. "Find the courage to live authentically as yourself." - Liz

Find the courage to live authentically as yourself. There is nothing more freeing than knowing you are perfectly made by our God. Surround yourself with friends who love you, support you and build you up to believe in the beauty that was inside you all along. Be confident in yourself; college is tough, but the real world is tougher. When you find these friends, you won't worry about what is to come. You will understand that when you have people you love, you have everything you need. We focus what too much on what is to come––but I say embrace it. Embrace it hand-in-hand with those who you can depend on.

"Life is tough, but darling, so are you."

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