ATTENTION: will be a lot of venting in this one
The month of April has not been my best friend.. what.. so.. ever! Gosh darnit can I catch a break?
SO! Ever since coming back from Nicaragua, I lost more sleep than a normal person should. Let me rephrase that, a normal “college student”. Yeah, college is supposed to be difficult, especially since it’s my last semester, but I wonder how easy it would be if I didn’t have two jobs and too many personal issues? Yes, I said two jobs. It’s hard out here for college students, and frankly, I think, a little too hard. We are more stressed out than the average college should be. They say a degree will take the burden off our shoulders, but now I’m not too sure. I feel college has put a whole other burden upon us. The fact that we have 6 months after graduation to find a decent paying job to keep up with the loan payments that we have to take out to fund our path to a degree but jobs are too scarce to even bother looking is stressing me out. Not to mention career services is probably swamped with students thinking the same thing. So, can I freak out yet? Nope, not yet Brit, you have to do your homework, and study, and attend meetings on meetings on meetings (because careers like when you’re “well-rounded” so I’m in two honor societies plus conducting an event). Think I took on too much? Oh, you don’t even know. Maybe I did, but this is the only way I feel secure, because with no money I can’t get to school, and one job isn’t enough. With no clubs, honor societies, volunteering, or internships, you don’t have the experience for even an entry level job anymore. I have been looking at possible career paths, and entry level posts state they want a candidate with “1-2 years experience in related field”. What?! How would I do that as a college student? Isn’t 4 years of classes enough? No? Okay I guess internships it is! But even then, it might not be entirely enough.
Sorry for the venting sesh but this is the only way to stop the chronic tears and actually enjoy the nice weather that is finally coming. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge advocate for school and think a college degree is fantastic to have to improve and give light to your talents. But I highly disagree with a lot of other factors that college has brought my attention to. I am graduating in May and it hasn’t hit me yet because I can’t even take a second for myself and actually think about it. Once summer comes, and I get to breath even for just a day, I will happily say I graduated (and survived) college. As for now, I’ll catch you all later, got to start my homework.
-A yet-to-be college graduate stressed the f^*% out