Well, another Monday is here, which means it’s the start of another work week. Mondays aren’t often easy or fun, but every week they come and every week we make it through. Between our jobs, our friends, our families and everything in between, there’s always something to drive us crazy. And if it happens on a Monday, well that’s just icing on the cake. When do we ever have time to slow down and relax?
Everyone knows about mid-life crises–when you hit mid-life and suddenly yearn for the adventures of your youth. Some people buy sports cars or go on big vacations or try to get back into the party scene.
But what about quarter-life crises?
A couple years ago when I was on my two-week trip around Eastern Europe, a girl in my travel group, who was 19 at the time, told us that she had been at university but had a quarter-life crisis, panicked, dropped out and was now traveling until she figured out the rest. I found it hard to believe her. How does someone at 19 panic that badly? That’s technically not even “quarter-life.” Sure, at 19, I wasn’t close to having my life figured out, but I thought having that kind of reaction was over the top. We’re too young for quarter-life crises.
I didn’t believe that quarter-life crises existed…until I had one of my own.
Happy Tuesday, y’all! Life has been an adventure lately, especially as my graduate program comes to a close. I can’t believe I graduate with my Master of Arts degree this Thursday! Back in August, the director of the program (and one of my favorite professors) told us, “This will be the slowest and fastest 10 months of your lives.” He wasn’t kidding!
Well, okay, I do have to talk about my thesis project a little bit. Since February, I have been building an educational website about type-2 diabetes for young adults. Building, designing, writing all the content for it… the whole nine yards. I’ll present it on Wednesday at our annual thesis exhibition, where my 30 classmates will be showing off their awesome work, too. Here’s a glimpse of the home page of my project:
On the “blog rebrand” front, I’ve done some work and research toward that. I’ve got my colors and fonts nailed down, which helps in the design process. The domain is mine as well, and WordPress is loaded and ready to go there. I almost changed my mind about using WordPress, but I talked myself back into it. Talking to my blog and Twitter friends about their experiences and getting their advice really helped me commit to my original plan, and to explore my options within WordPress (and y’all, there are thousands). I’ll write more about that learning curve in a later post. But for now, here’s a sneak peek at my new theme. This is not final, but you can expect something very similar to this in my rebrand aesthetic!
|“Spread” cookie bars… with a hint of orange, for my dad!|
What’s exciting in y’alls lives right now? Do you know anyone graduating this year? Are YOU graduating?
So today, I’m revisiting my bucket list from three years ago: crossing off and adding a few items to it. Maybe I can hit some of them by the time I’m 30? I can dream.
Friends would still be on TV, and Two and a Half Men would have been done when Charlie Sheen got fired.
David Wilson would’ve stayed at Virginia Tech for his senior year. My reaction when he announced his decision to leave was like…
“I love you” would only be said when the person saying it truly means it.
Parenting would not be a foreign concept (to some people).
“Skinny” or “thin” would not be a standard for beauty.
Jimmy John’s would always be within delivery distance.
Cookout would deliver, period. This is why.
Football would be a year-round sport. February – August just isn’t fair.
People would understand that you just don’t wear white after Labor Day and before Easter.
Lucky Charms cereal would actually be lucky charms.
Penguins could be pets.
|Because how can you say “no” to this face?|
What would your perfect world be like?
So let’s take a look back at that post and see what’s changed since August.
Still haven’t touched Dreamweaver since my old job at VT. Brackets is so much better.
I’ve done surprisingly well on the whole “one cup of coffee in the morning” thing. I only drink more than one cup a day or two a week. Such an improvement from undergrad! Tea has become a larger part of my diet. We’ll see how that changes come later this month and into April.
Prime Starbucks times: just before 8:30 am for early days, and between 9:15-10 on other days. This semester, my “early days” start at 9:30.
Speaking of software that will never be my friend… Adobe Edge Animate. At least it generates all the code for me. That’s nice. I feel pretty good about Photoshop and Illustrator, though!
Weeks until graduation: 12. Current level of panic: not…terrible. Yet.
The job search is stressful from day one. It’s just how it goes, for everyone. You’ll rewrite your resume 20 times: tailoring it for a specific job, rewording a job under ‘Experience’ so it sounds more appealing, or fixing a sentence so that last word doesn’t cut off at the end and make a whole new line for half of a word. Or maybe that last one is just me.
You’ll write some cover letters. Lots of them, actually. They’re not always easy to write; it’s hard to write about yourself without sounding like you’re tooting your own horn. Once you find the right balance, though, it gets easier.
When searching for a job, you’ll probably have some idea of what kind of job you’d like, or where you’d like to be. Or maybe you have a “plan.” It’s perfectly okay to have these ideas in mind, but keep in mind that there’s a difference between “concentrating” in certain places and limiting yourself. It’s a tough balance to find and walk; I have to remind myself of that pretty often. Keeping an open mind is a huge part of the job search.
We make plans, and God laughs.
But perhaps the hardest part of the job search is just doing it all, over and over. And over, and over. I don’t remember the exact statistic, but these days, you have to send out nearly 100 resumes just to have a chance at an interview. Be resilient and patient, and remember to have some humility. No job is below anyone. Apply for everything. Take risks. You know that job listing that sounds amazing but you think, “they’d be crazy to even respond to someone like me”? Apply for it anyway. You never know. What’s the worst that could happen?
Stay patient. Reach out. We’re all in it together. If you feel stressed or panicked, remember that you’re not alone.
It will work out.
now can’t imagine not having in my life. My boyfriend jokes about my blog obsession every now and then, but I’m pretty sure he knows that dating a blogger is awesome and he’s one lucky guy.