Good Morning! I hope this Sunday afternoon finds you in a time of rest but also productivity. I know that I like to use Sundays for getting work done, but I often forget to just spend time with Jesus. After all, that's what Sunday was intended for, right?
Now, the title says I am graduating. Most of you know that isn't true. IF I had done the to-be-expected 4 year degree, I would be graduating come this April 2017. My heart is still with those who are though! My friends, including those that I graduated with, are coming to the end of their university career.
When writing this post, we (Britt & Katie) had in mind those of you who are graduating. Even if you're miles away or miles past, I am sure you can resonate. I have one year left of university and I know I can resonate with this.
With that being said, let me introduce to you Brittany Klassen. Britt and I didn't know each other before coming to the LLC. Weirdly enough, we are in the exact same major at school. We are still trying to figure out how we have missed each other in the first three years of our degrees. With Britt in the professional writing stream of mcom (I'm in leadership!), we found that we have a lot of things in common and we both have a passion for writing. Last week, Britt announced as I walked into our room, "I am going to write a blog post!". She is in fact graduating come April, and has been pondering some great thoughts on what it looks like leading up to that. I can only imagine that this will be the first of many collab posts with her. Without further ado, here are some wise words on graduation.
I think about graduating university a lot. Currently, we are sitting at 5 months, or 20 weeks, or approximately 140 days until April, graduation month. After thinking about it so much, coming up with a direction for this blog post became a bigger struggle than I thought it could be. To help me find a solution, I consulted Google and this is what I learned about graduation...
I hope this is what you were expecting. Scary, sad, overrated, and I’m pretty sure Google was being sarcastic about graduation being ‘so fetch.’ Now, I don’t want to be too pessimistic, but the reality is I am freaking out, and the media does not help at all. Did you know that CBC is calling us ‘Generation Jobless’? We are proving to be a generation that is consistently overeducated and increasingly unemployed.
In attempt to put my mind at ease, I came up with a few ideas on how to tackle this seemingly bleak outlook on graduating university. And, this is what I came up with...
1. Don’t buy the idea that underemployment (a part-time, low-paid job) is your reality.
First, let’s get something straight, underemployment might be your reality right now, but what I’m trying to suggest is that it doesn’t have to be for life; there is hope! It’s okay to explore, to try and find your passion, to have temp jobs while you attempt to determine where your purpose lies. In fact, it’s probably a good idea. It’s definitely not a bad thing to work at Starbucks while you figure out what you’re really passionate about--I can tell you more about this later. If you’re stuck in a rut, do things that will help you succeed (a.k.a.- don’t get addicted to a new show on Netflix). Volunteer for an organization you like, try to find an internship, or simply fill your life with like-minded people that will help you keep your head up and your mind fresh.
2. Stay organized & motivated.
I combined these two topics because unfortunately I can’t seem to do one without the other. Without organization, ie. excel spread sheets, wunderlist, and pie charts I almost always give up and justify it by thinking “maybe if I watch people on TV be productive it will inspire me.” I hate to burst your bubble, but this works 0.000000001% of the time. In reality, you are not going to be able to land your dream job, find what you love to do, or be productive at all if you don’t stay on top of your free time. Set a schedule for yourself on days you are free, or evenings when you are off work and don’t have plans. Decide what you need to accomplish, and pretend that is your job. Applications and Googling can literally be a full-time job that you do on top of whatever you already do to make money for food + rent (part-time work, full-time work, betting on horses, etc...).
3. Don’t lose the traits that made you a ‘fetch’ student.
I’ve never been more surprised by a phase of life than University. I think I expected longer hours, less free time, and less friends (recess is no longer a thing). What I didn’t realize is that your days are not 9am - 3:20pm anymore, you may not get recess but you get spontaneous 3 hour breaks, and you may have long hours of studying but this can typically happen from the comfort of your candle-lit apartment. University was ‘fetch’. I learned that I work best under pressure. I learned how to live with a roommate. I learned how to cook and prevent my home from becoming a living wasteland. And, I learned how to manage my time which arguably took the longest.
4. It’s okay to let stuff go.
So, you spent a day watching Grey’s Anatomy (AGAIN) as a means of avoiding the unfortunate reality that you have not yet been hired. It’s okay. I’m not just saying that to make you feel better, although I would, but it’s the truth. Life isn’t going to end and the world will keep spinning round and round. The truth is, we all have highs and lows, we all have wins and fails, we all have moments of strength and moments of weakness. Holding on to the opportunities that didn’t work out is not going to help you move forward. A theatre major recently told me in general terms that the ‘hunker’ is especially useful in these scenarios...literally crouch down and roll your head forward until you are almost doing a summersault and just hold still, revel in life, and let it go. If you really want to commit, finish the somersault, and then get up and move on to better things.
Graduating university can be scary, sad, overrated, daunting, intimidating… but it is also the beginning of a new era of freedom in your life. Graduating university might not be ‘so fetch’ when you are jobless or searching but it will be when you have no more research papers, no more exams, and no more endless nights at Denny’s (unless you liked these). Beginnings can be tough, but they can set into motion some of the best times of your life, so long as you stay motivated, stay fetch, and do a somersault every now and then.
PS - Check out some UNREAL photos from yesterday. Britt's boyfriend, Daniel, was SO kind and offered to take some photos both in front, around and INSIDE parliament. Who can say they've taken a photo INSIDE the library of parliament. Feeling so blessed <3