Living with roommates is a great way to save money when you first move out on your own or if you’re living in a big city with a high cost of living. You all may have a lot of fun together, but there are bound to be clashes and disagreements with different personalities under one roof.
Your purpose is more than a college degree and a desk in an office. It’s so much more than your nine to five job. Somewhere along the line, underneath the pile of uncertainty and stress, you forgot that you are more than your career.
While useful for understanding the world and showing off at bar trivia, liberal arts degrees are financially untenable. But there is hope! Those factory-made, wooden, paper and fake glass diplomas your alma mater handed you before unceremoniously kicking you into the real world are incredibly useful!
Just not in any of the ways you imagined.
The all-nighters. We say we hate them, but let’s be honest; nothing is quite like getting loaded on caffeine and being super productive.
It gives you a necessary dose of humility.
Accompanying your deep insecurity will be a sour-grapes attitude toward the Ivy Tower and everything it stands for. Because you feel woefully inadequate as an acedemic, you will develop a steady inner monologue about the corruption of academia.
As soon as you graduate, you are bombarded with new emotions and new information. At first, graduating feels like a dream. It hasn’t quite hit you yet and your adrenaline lasts a while after you get off the stage. Later, all your friends drink wine with you until you forget all the things you have to worry about later.
When I first moved to New York I read a quote that the great Carrie Bradshaw said (that was written for her by great writers). The quote was “In New York, you’re always looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment.” After five years of being here and lots of conversations with friends I find this to be 100% true.
They say that being unemployed is a job in itself, and I couldn’t agree more. You have to tailor your resume to each job, craft clever cover letters but make sure it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard, attend networking events, connect with industry professionals and colleagues from your alma mater, keep yourself busy with volunteering or a job, stay on top of industry trends, prep for interviews.
In our culture, jobs are important, money is important and sometimes we have to throw ourselves into something because it’s convenient. But what’s even more important than convenience is for you to truly enjoy yourself, however you decide to spend your short time here.