Sincerely, an Unprepared College Senior

To Whom it May Concern,

I am writing today to address something that has been bothering me. Remember me? You saw me this past weekend? I know, you’re my mom’s high school friend or my dad’s co-worker. You’ve known me forever, we’ve gone to the same church since I was a baby! I’ve gone to school with your children our whole lives, how is Katie doing at Stanford, by the way? Somehow, we know each other and you are a caring adult who wants to know how my life is. Whoever you are, you have asked me some variation of the following three questions, which shouldn’t be asked until someone is in their last semester of college:

  • What are you doing after graduation?
  • Do you have a job lined up?
  • Have you started applying for jobs yet?

The answer to each of these questions is a very large ‘no.’ I would kindly ask that you stop asking me these questions. I don’t have any answers for them and I feel slightly dumb when I have no answer. I feel especially stupid when I say ‘no’ and you stare at me like I’m an idiot. No one has told me what is supposed to happen after I receive my diploma in May. There hasn’t been a class or seminar that has detailed every little stinking thing that I’m supposed to do (or already be doing) to ensure I’ll make good use out of my diploma that cost an arm and a leg plus all those blood, sweat and tears, hah hah. You see, while college has taught me many things that will be helpful once I graduate, college forgot to teach me a few things about actually getting a job.

So, when you ask ‘do you have a job lined up’ or ‘have you started applying,’ you send my little mind into a tail spin of questions that further sends me into an anxiety attack that I’m supposed to be doing big things at this current moment. Honestly, I’m just trying to make it through another semester and pull a decent overall GPA (and finish that TV series since all the seasons are now on Netflix, score!).

What I’m saying is I’m a 22 year old who honestly has no idea what is out in the real world. I found the following cartoon depicting what I feel like college has done to us millions of young adults. See, college is the doctor holding the really pretty picture and I’m the baby coming into the world with a diploma and a false sense of security because the real world is not that pretty. It’s not fair, ya know?

This also applies to college graduation.

But listen, I understand that you’re a caring adult who just wants to know how my life is. I am 100% grateful that you took the time to stop and ask me how things are going. I know you didn’t intend to give me an anxiety attack and I hope you don’t take this the wrong way. I’m just reaching out, so you know for  next time. Here are some things you can ask me:

  • How’s your senior year going?
  • Oh, you have an internship, what exactly do you do for that?
  • What’s your major again?
  • So what would you like to get into after graduation?
  • Where would you like to go after graduation/Are you staying in the area after you graduate?

These questions aren’t too hard and I can answer them pretty easily. I do know what I’d like to get into and where I’d like to be, plus I could go on for days about my internship, gee thanks for asking! I hope all is well with you. I can’t wait to see you again next year and I hope I can tell you all about my new job!

Or we can talk about how I am still living with my parents, ferociously on that job hunt…

Either way, it was nice seeing you again!

Sincerely, an Unprepared College Senior

Struggles of the Modern Twenty-Something.

Struggles of the Modern Twenty-Something.

Bars suck.

No, have you ever been a single, twenty-something in a bar? If you answered yes to this question, then you know my pain. If you answered no, well then Reader, let me paint you a picture…

You’re in a bar with your best girlfriends, the music’s beat is pounding in your ears, sending vibrations through your whole body. The alcohol has taken hold of your control and you can’t help but swaying your body from the left to the right. A smile creeps up on your face, you can’t remember a better time when you were so happy and carefree. You let out a laugh and throw your head back, feeling your hair swish against your back. The air feels good against your hot back, when did it get so hot in here? You think for a moment about your hair that you spent an hour straightening, but then you quickly forget because you don’t really care. You’ve never felt so free and alive.

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This is basically what my friends and I look like.

Through the haze of smoke and bad decisions, you meet the stare of a cute guy.  He smirks at you as he sips his beer, clearly he finds you and your friends white girl dancing to be endearing. You keep an eye on him, he’s chatting with his buddies, but he keeps glancing over your way. You catch his eye again, he looks you up and down, seemingly taking in your swaying body. Clearly, he’s interested.

Now, there are three ways to end this story, all three have happened to me in one night…

A.  He turns back to his girlfriend. He continues to keep an eye on you throughout the night.

B. He walks straight over your way, to your beautiful best friend, introducing himself.

C. He never comes over cause he doesn’t have a pair of balls. Or he has a great seat at the bar to watch the football game on the TV.

Guys suck, bars suck, and it’s become clear that my heart of ice isn’t thawing out anytime soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Reader. I hope yours was more fun than mine…

Love, B.

 

First Week Recap!

Oh my goodie! I cannot believe it’s already LABOR DAY WEEKEND! (gasp!)

What happened this week in my life? Quite a bit actually! For one thing, classes started back up this week and I only have to go to three of them, the other two are online. I have a lot of reading to do, not that I’ve done it yet… oops. I’m taking a textile quality class, a finance class and a class about advertising which I’m so stoked about. I just love both of my majors. Like, my fashion courses are a breeze and my marketing ones are so interesting. It’s like YES I understand this, it excites me and gives me a passion for life! Viva la marketing!

Also, I started my marketing internship this week, and it was pretty awesome! My boss complimented my writing and she said everything I wrote was perfect (I wrote some emails and a letter. oh, and inserted something into a press release). I also started writing some Facebook and Twitter posts, which she didn’t see before I left, so I have no idea if those were good or not. Here’s one of my outfits that I wore to my internship, if you didn’t already see it on the Instagram (Follow Here!). It was so cute and comfy! OOTDDNow I definitely need to go shopping for some more ‘business casual’ outfits. I will definitely be hitting up those Labor Day sales this weekend! 

Finally, I just received a book in the mail about Adobe Illustrator and I’m hoping to teach myself some basics about the program in order to be more prepared for any future jobs. I have a feeling this semester is going to be quite busy. For now, I’m going to dance to ‘Shake It Off’ and enjoy the sunshine.

Reader, enjoy this weekend! I hope it’s full of sunshine and good times and maybe it’ll be so awesome, that you put your phone down for, like, five minutes…

Stay beautiful! Love, B.