To the Graduates, from a Graduate

First of all, I’d like to say a big congratulation on earning your degree! That’s a feat that not everyone has accomplished. You’ve put time and effort into bettering yourself. That is something to be proud of.

Now, you’ve got all of these dreams and aspirations that you can move forward to achieving. You’ve probably heard the job market is awful, that it’s going to be hard to get a job, that you’re still going to have to put in even more blood, sweat and tears. That can be depressing after you’ve just worked your butt off to get a piece of paper that basically says “hey, I’m smart! I’ve finished learning about this topic and I’m excellent in it now so you should hire me!”

I graduated college just a year ago with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism. I thought that I would be able to go on an interview and have my dream job within a month.

But that didn’t happen- it still hasn’t happened.

In the last year I’ve gone from excited, fresh-eyed and ready for the world, to depressed, jobless, and gaining weight, to having a job that pays a decent $14 an hour. I’m still not where I want to be, but that’s okay. I’m somewhere. And that’s more than many people can say. I still live with my parents because I want to be completely comfortable when I move out, but I’m slowly building a good amount in my savings account and learning to budget my money.

Now, our lives may be totally different. You may have picked a major that has a huge need for employees or that isn’t competitive. Maybe you’ll interview like a champ and you had a vast amount of internships and awesome people who will recommend you. Maybe you built a great network of people who will help you get into the job market. So maybe you’ll get an amazing paying job right out of college. That’s amazing and I hope you continue to have spectacular success!

But a lot of us don’t. I have plenty of friends who are making the same or around the same amount of money as I am making and it is not because we did not apply ourselves in college. Some of us don’t want anything to do with or just aren’t working in the field that we went to college for.

I’m just here to say that it’s going to be okay. I want everyone to remember to breathe. We’re still young. We have to keep working hard and striving to achieve, just as we did in college. Whether you go to grad school or not, do your best. Keep thinking of new things to do. Keep searching for a job.

Most importantly, have fun.

Please, please have fun. People love to say that they’ll enjoy life later when they have a high-paying salary, but in my opinion we should never let our lives pass us by. Life is too short. I don’t want to look back and say “I should’ve spent more time with my friends when I was in my twenties.”

To all those graduates: Congratulations. Don’t stress. You’ve got this. You just have to keep trying, even a year later.

-Jocelyn H.

 

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