I stand on a stage, receive a few rounds of applause and realize that it’s all over. Three and a half years of collegiate slave labor, come to an end.
People keep asking me what it’s like to be graduating so soon. Well, I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s terrifying. You think you know what you want to do throughout your college career. You plan out your future and dream about all the sweet jobs you’ll have in that field.
Come senior year, especially just a week or two away from graduating, you realize that the real world is way more expansive then your little career plan. So many possibilities. Do you REALLY know what you want to do? Maybe this, or maybe that? Or maybe just anything, to pay of the school debt.
So yes, it’s exciting. Yes, I feel like I finally accomplished something legit. And yes — it’s terrifying.
In class the other, my teacher said that some of the students in her class were meant to remain bloggers, and some… well…
And that’s when I accidentally laughed out loud. It truly was accidental. I guess I was just laughing so heartily on the inside that it escaped out.
Well, let me explain my sudden burst of mid-class laughter. It’s because I know that I’m one of the “some….welll” bloggers that probably shouldn’t keep posting unless a class requires it.
While some students have managed to keep a defined, interesting and well-written collage of posts, I’ve just thrown up random puzzle pieces, hoping that in the end maybe my readers will find a good sentence somewhere in the midst of it all.
It’s alright though. I might keep a blog someday for laughs (mainly, my own laughs), but I can also say with confidence that I’m no born blogger 🙂
You’ve got sixteen days left of your college career. Go out with a blast, or fold early?
We all have a difficult time trying to get back into the academic swing after a holiday break. Some of us are motivated by the fact that we only have two weeks of classes left. Others of us are greatly demotivated by the exact same fact.
For me, it’s a motivator. But it didn’t used to be. And I didn’t used to be graduating in December, but now I am, and it’s a giant motivator. Why? Well, I can’t just crash and burn on the last 16 days of my college career! I don’t want to look back on this time later and realize I vegged when I could have stunned all of my professors with a sudden burst of intelligence and determination.
So, this is my motivator — to make the final few days of my college career days for my roommates, my professors, and my fellow students to remember me by. It’s the last chance I’ll get, after all.
What motivates you to make the most of this semester?
Every year it seems that my birthday falls at the same time as some other, obviously less important, event. Inevitably my family’s response is, “well, we can celebrate your birthday the day BEFORE.” But… my birthday isn’t the day before! It’s the day OF. It’s May 26, not May 25.
The most memorable occasion on which this happened was on my 16th birthday — my sweet sixteenth birthday. I sort of envisioned this my sixteenth birthday being the epitome of good birthdays. Until my brother decided to get engaged and set his wedding date on May 26.
As a result, my special day was celebrated “the day BEFORE,” which was really more like the week before. On top of that, my first nephew was born on the same day as my bro’s birthday and my sweet sixteenth. So not only had my birthday been sabotaged, it had also been stolen.
Ever since that, I’ve had a super grudge against celebrating holidays or events any other day then the day they actually are supposed to happen.
This year Christmas falls on a Sunday. I hate to say it, but going to Church sort of throws a kink in our traditional Christmas routine. So, of course the family/extended family is thinking.. Let’s celebrate the day before!
But Christmas Eve isn’t Christmas, and I strongly oppose their plan.
How do you feel about sabotaged holidays?
We drive on the right side of the road. We walk on the right side of the sidewalk. We solve math problems going from right to left. It’s just how it works. That is, unless you’re going in or out the door at Walmart.
It’s bothered me since I was a kid. You’re supposed to walk in to stores on the RIGHT side. Yet Wally World believes that we should walk in on the LEFT side. Hence, I’m always crashing into other shoppers, who adhere to this backward Walmart standard.
I’m sorry Walmart, I must abide by traditional standards of walking on the right side of things. You are no exception to the rule.
At the beginning of this week I gave a presentation on the importance of using social media to advance professionals in their careers. In theory, I was always aware of the fact that we can use social media to advance to or in our careers. But research for this presentation opened my eyes to how I should be using social media as I embark on my job-finding adventure.
One of the most simple, yet important, things I pieced together in my presentation was the fact that 1) thousands upon thousands of people [employers included] use social media, and 2) social media is all about sharing information with others — i.e. networking.
In an even simpler statement, social media is a way to get to know lots of people. Which is a great way to start the whole job-obtaining process.
Then there’s all the other positive aspects of social media. Job search engines, a way to keep tabs on companies you like and open positions, etc.
I feel strongly that college students should invest time in developing a social media profile. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook — there’s many social media platforms for you to choose from. Choose the one that fits you best and create a professional presence online.
Social media isn’t just an online waste of time. It can be used by discerning college students to help secure a job.
Blogging under a time constraint is easy enough.
But good blogging under a time constraint seems nearly impossible. At least, for me.
Recently I’ve been attempt to blog on a schedule of sorts — i.e., three times per week.
Three times a week doesn’t seem so bad. That’s just two to three hours per week, out of the 70 plus we have. Well, the bare minimum of posting only takes two or three hours, anyway. But once we start getting into the revamping and editing part — which I don’t usually get to — it adds a few more hours. Hours which I don’t currently have.
All this to say, I wish my blog was a better source of wit and wisdom. Perhaps one day I’ll go back back and fix all those speedy posts and it’ll be the blog I wish it was now.