I’m writing my first column for the Young Voices series in between studying for round two of midterms. This semester my classes have managed to spread out their midterm exams over a period of three weeks, which really makes no sense since they should all technically fall during week eight of the semester -- the halfway point. However, they haven’t, but that’s a different topic for a different day.
I’m a senior at Indiana University in Bloomington, so technically speaking, I have exactly a semester and a half left of my undergraduate experience. Cue the feelings of panic, relief, pressure, excitement, sadness and every other contradictory feeling possible. This year always seemed so far away, but now it’s here, and I never took a class called Life 101 to help me out.
First, there’s this important aspect of what college is truly about, and that’s employment. Contrary to popular belief, college just isn’t four years of fun (although I’ve made some great memories and friends in my time at IU).
It’s no secret the job market isn’t the most inviting place for recent college graduates. On top of senior year classes, you have to find time to send out resumes, go to job interviews and start to build the life and future you’ve always wanted. I’m lucky enough to have a job offer, but it’s also about finding your passion and placing yourself in a location or company that fits who you want to be as a professional in the work force.
Besides the serious aspect of finding a job, I admit I’m terrified of adulthood. The only thing I’ve ever known is school and a school schedule. What do you mean everyone doesn’t get three weeks of vacation at Christmas? I don’t know about a 401(k), health insurance or what’s a good price for rent. There really should be classes for this, don’t you think?
Thankfully, I have a great support system that has been able to help me day in and day out, but still. I can talk to you all day long about the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, but as soon as retirement savings comes up, you’ve lost me.
Overall, I’m ready to move on from Indiana, but hanging on for dear life as well. I’m not ready to give up all things college quite yet, but luckily I still have time to invest myself fully in the college experience.
I’ve fallen in love with a new city, so it’ll be hard to leave Mother Bear’s and Assembly Hall behind, but it’s exciting to find where I might fall in love with next.