Monday, August 18, 2014

Generation Y Ramblings | Becoming a College Senior

♫ I see you, you're walking 'cross the campus... ♫

UNC-Chapel Hill Quad

What's Your Next Step?

Well, m'lovelies, I wanted to do something a little different today.  I don't really talk about myself on this blog, but I've had a lot on my mind recently.  Because, it's August.  And, for many of us out there, that only means one's time to go back to school.

I should probably be reveling in that fact because this is my last time going back to school.  Wow...typing that makes me feel incredibly old.

But, it's true!  I am entering my senior year of college, my final year!  Being able to say that provides me with a great sense of pride and achievement.  However, it also scares the bejeezus out of me.  I feel like I'm supposed to have things figured out by now.  But, guess what?


There I said it.   That felt good....  No, not really.

Generation Y vs. Generation X

I read tons of Millennial blogs that tell me, "it's okay, you're going to get there" and "you don't have to have everything figured out right now".  When I read those blog posts, I feel comforted.  I am reminded that I am not the only little fish swimming in these murky, shark infested waters.  There are young adults out there who are struggling, just like me, to figure out what their next step is going to be.  So, yes, those blog posts are very helpful and mind-easing, but...our parents don't want to hear that crap.

This summer, some of my out-of-state family came to North Carolina for a visit.  Two of my uncles asked me, "So, are you still thinking about law school?"  Uh, no.  "You'd be making good money---"  Ugh, please stop.  "You still have time to change your mind..."

My God, just let it go people!

Elsa is my spirit animal.

I was thirteen when I was dreaming of becoming a lawyer.  I had no idea what lawyers really did.  I just watched a lot of television dramas where lawyers seemed like super-cool, confident and powerful people, so I totally wanted to be one.  I mean, I still watch shows like Suits and have that same desire.  I also watch Grey's Anatomy and dream of being a doctor.  I watch Project Runway and dream of being a fashion designer.  Television does that; it glamorizes everything.  I do not have the stomach to become a doctor, the confidence or persuasive powers of a lawyer, the artistic skill of a fashion designer.  I like to do what I am doing right now...

I like to write.  I like to talk to people, meet new people.  I love technology, the internet and social media.  I love popular culture.  This is why I picked up a second major in Communications (Media Production).  This is why I think a job in Public Relations would be a great fit for me.

Of course I want to make enough money to live comfortably, but I am not money hungry.  I don't have to be rich to be happy.  And, I think that this is what Generation X doesn't understand about Generation Y.

I think that Millennials are astonishingly creative and innovative.  We are incredibly passionate about our hobbies and about certain causes, and we follow those passions.   Some may think that it's irrational to do something you love rather than something that's going to put food in your mouth, but I think that that is very admirable.

And, the reality of the situation is that your parents don't have to live your life, no matter how much they want to (Cough, cough, Kris Jenner).  I know a lot of adolescents are pressured into certain career fields by their parents.  But, I don't want to end up unhappy in the future because I'm waking up everyday going to a job that I don't love.

Our parents and grandparents and other family members have our best interests at heart.  They truly don't mean harm when they push us towards certain career fields.  They just want us to have easier and better lives than they've had.  But, if they truly have our best interests at heart, they'll let us make our own mistakes.  And, they'll let us chase even the wildest of our dreams.

So, Senior Year...

There are a lot of worries going into senior year.  Literally, all I can think is...

I have less than 12 months before I have to get a job...

I need to start saving money.  What have I been thinking?  Where is all my money?!

What if I can't find a job?  What if I have to move back in with my parents and crazy siblings?!  Let's be honest, I'm probably going to have to move back in with my parents and crazy siblings.  

But, even in the midst of all of that craziness, I am going to do everything I can to make this final year of school the absolute best of all.  Because, I know that when it's all over, I'm going to miss it.

I hope that you all have great school years as well, no matter what level you're at.

Don't stress.  Take it one day at a time.  Cherish the little moments with your friends.  Learn as much as you can, absorb everything your teacher says like you're a sponge.  And, value those awesome teachers who truly care and who come to work everyday with a smile on; they are truly one in a million.

In the words of Millennial blogs everywhere: "It's okay, you're going to get there.  You don't have to everything figured out right now".

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