Life After College | 4 Years Later

May 23, 2013 I graduated from undergrad with a B.A. in English Communications – Broadcast Journalism. As for what my degree entailed, I studied English literature and radio/TV production for four years. I started in 2009 and finished in 2013 which was an accomplishment in itself as not many people in the program finished in 4 years. I didn’t take summer classes and my semesters were jam packed, but I finished. After graduation, it was just that, a graduation. No career like some of my other friends. No full-time job with benefits. I was still working at a daycare making minimum wage. In fact, I had just had surgery two weeks prior and hadn’t worked the entire month of May plus I wrapped up an internship with Billboard. Receiving my degree made all the twists and turns of my last academic year worth it. Here I am 4 years later where I can happily reflect on that time in my life as I make a stride in my career.  Continue reading “Life After College | 4 Years Later”

Back to School | College Commuter Tips

Welcome to day 5 and the final post of my back to school week here on the blog. I had a post every day this week with tips & tricks to crush the clutter early in the school year. Each post was geared for the little ones to those in college.

Day 1 was a back to school supplies haul, day 2 was a portable homework station, day 3 featured tips on how to effectively use a planner, and day 4 was all about lazy organization hacks. Today I’ll be sharing my college commuter tips.

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Motivational Monday | Life After College

Just because you don’t see God’s hand, don’t question his plan.

Three years ago today, May 23, 2013, I graduated with my B.A. in English Communications-Broadcast Journalism. Sounds fancy, but I studied both English literature and radio/TV production. It’s like a dual degree, but really falls into the Communications realm.

Here we are three years later and at the end of the summer I’ll have my MBA in Marketing. Cheers to higher education regardless of the pricey tuition and whether people think you actually need it or not.

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Motivational (V.15): 10 Things I Learned From College

image-2A lot of people have gone back to school whether it be elementary, middle, or high school. Then there are those returning to college or just entering. I remember how excited and anxious I was to start college. It would be a new journey in my life and opposed to my other friends, I’d be going to a smaller school and commuting. My friends went to universities while I opted to go to a college. The difference between the two is that in a university you’re going to a school within a school. For example you get your degree from ‘X’ University from the School of ‘Y’ with a B.A. or B.S. In college you get your B.S. or B.A. from ‘X College’.

I knew what I wanted to do from the gate and the school that I went to would be smaller and I would be able to not just interact with my peers, but on a personal level with my professor. My major was English Communications-Broadcast Journalism. With the school I went to, the people in my major were in a majority of my class and the only thing that was a bit annoying was seeing the same people 3-4 days a week.

This post isn’t to complain about college it’s me sharing my personal experience to help at least one person. Here’s my 10 tips:

  1. Know what you want to study or at least have an idea. Be practical in what you want to study as this is what you want to start a career in. If you’re unsure try the 2-4 year route (Community College to College) then by the time you transfer you’ll be well in your major.
  2. Try not to switch schools. You’ll be in college longer because the credits from your previous school may not transfer. More time in college, more money.
  3. Don’t make early classes and then plot when you’re not going.
  4. GO TO CLASS! Absences are meant for emergencies not lounging around with friends on campus or finishing an assignment you waited to start the morning it was due.
  5. Read the material. Spark Notes is no longer your friend. Teachers pick material that hasn’t been reviewed.
  6. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH your FINANCIAL AID. Know the ins and outs of how much you’re receiving, any scholarships or grants available, the logistics of loans. Even if it means being a pest. Any out of pocket money is coming from YOUR pocket so know where the hell it’s going.
  7. If you need excess funds to buy things for school by all means take them. Just how you need to know the logistics of loans know that you have to pay every single penny you take back. Loans are not meant for a new wardrobe or Spring Break vacation with friends. If you can, return what you don’t need. You’ll thank yourself later.
  8. Skip the honors courses; jobs don’t care. As for minors, if you choose to pick up one do not pick it up halfway through your studies. Pick it up within the first or second semester of your freshman year.
  9. Don’t wait until the last minute to check if you can graduate. Constantly know what requirements you need.
  10. MAKE CONNECTIONS! Whether it be with your peers of your professors, network your ass off. Be sure to get internships as well and build connections there. The goal is a JOB after earning that DEGREE.

College is a great experience for all those that have the privilege to attend. While it’s not for everyone there are it’s perks to having it. It can be discouraging after graduating and not automatically going into your career, but continue to network and put yourself out there. Good luck to all those pursuing higher education.