Exactly one year ago I was in the midst of trying to balance my super cool (unpaid) summer internship and summer job. I was reflecting on my somewhat rash and deeply thought out decision to quit rowing and most importantly I was eagerly awaiting the start of senior year. What I would do to rewind back to those days.
Senior year has rapidly come and gone with memories and friendships that will last a life-time. I met some pretty cool new people, strengthened the bonds with my old friends and unfortunately lost some friendships along the way. I shared experience that I will forever cherish and most importantly I grew a lot as a person. Here I am lying alone a month after graduation struggling to see what’s next.
Unfortunately this is the case for many of us recent college grads. For the first time in our lives we are completely lost and confused as to what our next move is. I have always avoided my issues and insecurities by staying busy. For as long as I can remember I have been balancing daily sports practices with countless other activities which range from community involvement to theater on top of a job. Its safe to say I never had much free-time. Like many other recent grads, I have always been very fortunate that everything has always just fallen into place. My first job I got on the spot after strolling over during breakfast one day, I got into a few nice colleges and was able to easily choose one and when it came time for an internship I miraculously got one the week before summer began.
This luck unfortunately did not carry through into my job search. Over the past month I have applied to hundreds of jobs. Trust me, anything in the NYC area with analyst in it has probably received at least one application from me. Though not having a job sucks, the worst part is the uncertainty and sense of failure that comes attached with it. Additionally, the offers I have gotten back have all been slightly shady, earning commission through door to door sales. After weeks of receiving and avoiding these offers, I’m starting to believe that in order to get started in this “business world” this is my only option.
So why am I writing about all this? Thousands of us are in that same boat and I want to offer some words of encouragement to my fellow slightly depressed recent grads. As the great scholar Dr. Seuss once said “You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” Though I know it sucks right now, stay strong… we’ve spent our entire lives working hard and something will come up. Stay strong, be patient and most of all stay true to yourself.
May the odds forever be in your favor
“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” Dr. Suess