I graduated in December 2014, so it might not be entirely accurate to call myself a recent graduate anymore. However, it is just now beginning to sink in. The internship I worked at during my last semester of college hired me for a temporary position. Now that has ended and I am restarting the job search and living in a new city, I cannot help but wonder if those 4.5 years were enough to prepare me for where I am now. Here are some little conclusions I drew from my post-grad life.
What I would change
- Study abroad: I was warned I would regret this. And boy, do I. For someone who loves travel as much as I do, it is ironic I didn’t take advantage of that opportunity. I went on a two week mini-study abroad program to Japan when I was 14 and it’s still one of the best experiences of my life. I was worried I would miss out on the college experience and thought I would save money. Knowing what I know now, that extra debt would have been worth it.
- Kept my journalism major: Once you graduate, you learn the title of your degree does not dictate where you end up, however every journalism course I took, sharpened my writing skills like no other. I could have easily done PR with my journalism degree, but it isn’t as simple the other way around.
- Double majored: Again, I understand the title of your degree, or even having a second one does not dictate your career path. However, I learned so much from my psychology courses, that having a minor was not enough for me. The skills I gained from psychology are not directly related to my field of work, but very transferable. Some of the psych classes I have taken completely altered the way I view the world and I am a better person because of it.
- Kept working for the school paper: I learned so much in my one semester being on the newspaper staff. The environment was great and there isn’t a single negative thought regarding the experience. As I took a heavier course load and joined more activities, something had to go. Though I wish I would have re-evaluated those priorities.
What I would keep the same
- Being a college athlete: I didn’t qualify for nationals, or conference even. But running was more to me. I spent cross country and track competing with myself, which taught me motivation, persistence, setting goals and the true meaning of teamwork. Running is a huge part of my identity, and because of that, I have no idea how I would have functioned without this commitment on my plate.
- Graduating in 4.5 years: It was perfect. Not too short, yet not too long. I had more time to build experiences and network, which we all know you cannot have enough of. Since my job out of college was right on campus, I also was able to continue living the college lifestyle, without actually having to be in college.
- Internships: Each internship I had is held dear in my heart. The skills I acquired from each of those positions are what ultimately pushed me to where I am today. I am thankful to be able to maintain relationships with co-workers and supervisors from working for those places and proud to put those down on my resume.