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For Everyone Who is Graduating, This One is for You

opportunities aheadI keep seeing blogs from friends about what they’d teach themselves as freshman, the highlights of their college career, or what they’ll miss about college. First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate the class of 2015. It’s amazing how fast time flies, especially in the best years of your life at college. However, this post isn’t about what I wish I would’ve known or what I miss, but for all of my friends on what awesomeness is about to come.

I know most people have read posts on how awful post-grad life is, but there are many pros to being out of college. So for all of you graduating, this one’s for you.

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1. Graduation is the scariest part. Yes, you may not have a job or a plan yet. However, walking across that stage at graduation is the scariest part of entering the “post-grad” life. Even if you don’t know what’s next, you’ll find it out sooner rather than later… and by later I mean before school loans kick in.

2. Grocery shopping is cheaper. When you actually have time to cook and go to the grocery store, it’s a lot cheaper than when it was in college. I’ve cut my grocery bill in half pretty much, and while I don’t always want to cook after a long day at work it feels good to cook a meal for myself, that’s not mac n’ cheese.

3. Bills are manageable if you do the math right. I was a journalism major, and I hate to let a stereotype define me in that way but I have never been good at budgeting or math. However, with an actual salary and figuring out what I could afford, bills are manageable. As long as you split up your rent payment with one paycheck and the majority of bills with another in a month, you’ll manage easily!

4. Find a good apartment. There are always good deals when trying to find an apartment, you just have to look hard enough. Do your research and do it thoroughly. While you may want the expensive neighborhood right downtown, it may not be the smartest choice. Always look for places just re-done, because if it’s an old building but brand new inside, you’re likely to find a deal because they want to fill it.

5. Always think of what a great time you had in college, and how to do that post-college. The fun doesn’t end when college ends. The one beauty of post-grad life is that why you may not be making a lot, but you still have more than you did in college. Think about it, you have an apartment you pay for, a job, an understanding of which cheap wine tastes really good, and an adventure that’s ready to begin.

5 things, not 5 things that sum up post-grad life but 5 things you know you can look forward to. Yes, there are bills and responsibilities. However, for the first time you call the shots entirely and can decide wherever you want to go. Even if it isn’t what everyone else is doing, it’d be what you feel like you should be doing. As long as you get past walking across that stage, everything will be ok… I promise.

x Kelly

#boss

The Next Five Weeks

two roadsHey Readers, I realize it’s been awhile. This semester has been a lot crazier than I expected. I’m graduating in five weeks, and it’s crazy. While I’ve been doing great in my classes, moving along with my ImPRessions work and progressing at my internship, I couldn’t help but write tonight. Because tonight, I spent four hours applying to jobs.

Preparing for the real world is scary, I will be the first one to say so. I’m nervous about what’s going to happen or not happen next, but luckily my time at Ohio University has prepared me for this moment. All I can say is thank you to my friends, my family, my past internship supervisors and my professors – you all have helped me achieve everything I wanted to in college.

You see, freshman year I planned my entire college career. I said the summer between freshman and sophomore year I would just work, the next year I would partake in the global leadership certificate program, take 19 credit hours a semester then go to Vietnam and intern abroad all in one summer. The next year I would continue taking 19 hours a semester, finish my certificate and my specialization in german, have a paid internship that summer and my senior year I would only take 12 credit hours my last semester. I’ve achieved all of these amazing things, and I am so grateful. So while I was reflecting upon this while writing cover letter after cover letter, I knew I needed to plan what’s next.

What is next?

In the next five weeks I will:

  • Find a subleaser
  • Hand off the reigns to the next director of communications at ImPRessions
  • Continue to apply for jobs and hopefully something clicks
  • Plan to move
  • Visit my family during Thanksgiving
  • Continue to do well in my classes
  • Finish up my internship
  • Prepare for the big move. I thought college was the big move, but this is even bigger.

I don’t know where I will be in five weeks, but all I know is that I’ve already accomplished a lot. And for the first time in my life that’s perfectly fine with me.

“When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.”
– Orison Swett Marden 

I’d like to dedicate this post to my friends, family and fellow Scripps PRSSA and ImPRessions members. You’ve all helped me make this possible.

Post-Abroad Adventure Rut

IMG_0649I left Ireland over a month ago… it’s strange to think I was in an amazing city working in their parliament for two months, then I just packed up my bags and headed home. I’m in a rut. I miss Dublin. I miss the city. I miss the excitement of all the people. I miss walking on streets that are older than anyone I know. I just miss it.

I didn’t travel as much as I thought I would. I didn’t feel like traveling alone to other places. See that’s the thing, when you do the independent program, it is TRULY independent. I am thankful for that. I learned so much more about myself than I could’ve imagined. I now know I love visiting Europe, but I hate touristy things. I walked by the Trinity Library, looked at the line, and continued walking. When I lived in Germany I saw many, many amazing Cathedrals, Castles, parks, etc. but now I just like to sit and watch. I find the best thing you can do in a foreign country is find a cafe, sit there and watch. Watch the people go by about their daily lives. I find it’s more interesting than the Mona Lisa any day, which by the way is super tiny. It was a total let down.

If anyone of you readers is in the post-abroad adventure rut, I feel your pain. Athens is a cool place. I don’t agree it is the most amazing place on earth like many people I know. I think I am getting to the point where I am ready to move on and graduate. Scary as that sounds I’m ready for another adventure. I have a year and a half left to make my mark on Athens. I’ll do it. Then I’ll move on. But for now I’m going to get some sleep. I suggest the same if you’re reading this right now and are feeling the same way. Otherwise, pick up a book or a journal, laptop, anything. Let it all out and get excited for what lies ahead. You’ve traveled around the globe, so who knows what amazing adventures are in store for you! I have a feeling, mine will be pretty fantastic.

x KMSH

P.S. I need to learn how to discipline myself better with these posts… I think I’m going to have to schedule them. “Write blog post 30 minutes before sleep.”

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby