Tag Archives: college

Congratulations, you are now in charge of your life

18 Jan

I just read a very cool article on LinkedIn written by a guy who has found himself in increasingly more interesting jobs due to his willingness to show up and work hard.

In it, he discusses the fact that throughout childhood, and generally all the way through college, our life paths are set out for us. There are goals and deadlines and if we just work hard we will succeed. Sure, some people step off this path and lead fascinating lives, but most of us chug straight through our educational years toward what looks a lot like a finish line.

And then, of course, we discover it’s not a finish line at all. This can feel utterly terrifying, because suddenly there is no path. There is no one telling you how to succeed (other than, perhaps, the vague “get a job”) and there’s no easy way to measure how well we’re doing and if we’ll achieve what we want. It’s really scary, even though it should be exciting.

Imagine, though, if alongside your diploma, you had been handed a certificate that stated, in the same big, fancy writing:

Congratulations, you are now in charge of your life. Continue reading


Approximately 3 minutes inside the head of a business major

15 Jan

I’m reposting this because I wrote it three years ago and still find it amusing, which is incredibly rare. Also, I’m lazy.

This is a blatant rip-off of my favorite blog post of all time, Approximately 3 Minutes Inside the Head of my 2 Year Old. In identical style, each emotion lasts about three seconds and takes place while sitting in a college business course.

  1. I do not care about this material.
  2. Wow, I really do not care about this material.
  3. It’s kind of ridiculous that I’m spending this much money on things I don’t care about.
  4. My professor’s hair looks really good.
  5. I wonder how much time she spends on her hair in the morning.
  6. I mean, it always looks exactly the same.
  7. Someday I’m going to have a real job and I’ll have to look presentable every day.
  8. That’s going to suck.
  9. Oops. Focus. Back to the PowerPoint.
  10. This is a really bad PowerPoint.
  11. Oh, hey, I read that statistic on Cracked once.
  12. Geez, there’s a lot of words on that slide.
  13. Oh, and she already changed it. Hope none of that was on the test.
  14. The reading? Does she really think we did the reading?
  15. No, of course I don’t have any questions.
  16. But that guy does. There’s always the one who does. And we could have gotten out early today.
  17. Oh, he’s cute.
  18. No, keep talking, cute-boy.
  19. I think every girl in this classroom is wearing a North Face.
  20. Maybe I’ll sit next to cute-boy tomorrow.
  21. Hahahahaha. Like I would do that.
  22. What should I have for lunch today?
  23. Do I have time to go home before work?
  24. I really should have brought my leftovers to campus.
  25. I wonder if I got a response to that text I sent right before class.
  26. She totally won’t notice if I check.
  27. Oh, hey! I did!
  28. She totally won’t notice if I respond.
  29. Okay, now seriously, back to the PowerPoint.
  30. Yes, focusing. Taking notes.
  31. Notes. Notes are important.
  32. Who am I kidding? I’m never going to read over my notes.
  33. Geez, that guy in the corner really needs to stop texting in class.
  34. What, does he think no one notices?
  35. Maybe this semester I’ll actually study my notes.
  36. Yeah, and I’ll do all the reading for my classes and write all my papers ahead of time so I have time to revise.
  37. Did she seriously just assign an extra 50 pages of reading?
  38. I’m not even going to bother writing that down, no way it’s going to happen.
  39. And speaking of things that are never going to happen, cute-boy has another question.
  40. My love life sucks.
  41. I hate men.
  42. I hate this class.
  43. Yes, self, but your life will only get worse after graduation if you don’t pay attention.
  44. Now see, that wasn’t hard.
  45. Good, and another slide. Taking notes. Racism is bad, and illegal in the workplace.
  46. Sexism too. Good job. Title IX is important. Write that down.
  47. Seriously? This stuff is so obvious my 12-year-old brother could ace the test.
  48. I wonder how he’s doing. I should call him.
  49. Oh, I need to pay my cell bill.
  50. And the rent, and Avista, and the Comcast bill.
  51. I really need to work more hours.
  52. I need to start looking for a second job for this summer.
  53. Adding that to my to-do list.
  54. Oh, totally forgot about that paper for tomorrow. Good thing I wrote that down.
  55. Well, guess I’m not sleeping tonight.
  56. Back to the PowerPoint!!!!
  57. Did she just copy-paste a paragraph out of the book onto that slide?
  58. Oh, excellent, we’re going to watch a video.
  59. A video about the most efficient way to organize a factory.
  60. I do not care about this material.

Make free your default again

12 Jan

In college, I did not search for entertainment that was “inexpensive,” because every ten dollars was more than an hour’s worth of work, and at that rate, just about nothing is cheap. Oh, sure, I would spend money sometimes, but the default price I was willing to pay for entertainment was $0.00, and it had to be pretty dang impressive to warrant throwing out my hard-earned cash (yes, I worked about 25 hours/week in school).

After graduating and now earning FOUR FIGURES A MONTH, things crept up. A regular latte, for sure. Catching up with friends happens at bars and restaurants instead of at home. Buying books I want to read. Picking up cute apartment things at Target. Nothing absurd, just the “basics” that I figured I had earned by working full-time at a Real Person Job.

Looking at my bank account, I had that sinking realization we all do: that all those tiny things add up. So I went zero for a weekend. Continue reading

The Essential Taylor Swift

30 Dec

I started this post many moons ago, after talking to a friend about Taylor Swift, her impressive skill as a songwriter (she’s a far better writer than singer, I recognize that) and how much I love her. Many of her songs have helped me through some of the most angsty and quintessential Teenage Girl moments of my life. These are some of my favorites and why they matter to me. Yes, this is a super fangirly post. Sorry about it. Continue reading

Patchwork friends

27 Dec

On the first day of college, I had one class – a night class with the 23 people who would be my cohort in the Honors program.

Our majors ran the gamut from philosophy to English to biology to engineering and everything else. We had ancient history nerds and computer programming nerds. We were from a pretty wide geographic range, especially compared to the demographics of our university as a whole. We had devout Catholics and diehard atheists and everything in between. While we were all nominally middle-class, our life circumstances pre-college varied fairly widely. Some of us partied, and some (like yours truly) were terrified by alcohol.

In short, we almost certainly never would have chosen each other for our friends. Continue reading

Where’d the angst go?

23 Dec

When I created this blog three years ago (it feels like it’s been both a lifetime and no time at all) I subtitled it “Angst, Snark and General Hilarity.” The “general hilarity” bit was more wishful thinking – I’d like to be a laugh-out-loud funny kind of writer, but I’m only rarely even a chuckle-silently kind of writer.

The angst and snark though, that pretty much described 80% of my emotions at that point in my life. I was always worried about something, or mad about something. The horrible poetry I wrote in that time period proves it – I had a lot of feelings and most of them were bad.

Now, that subtitle doesn’t describe my writing at all. Continue reading

#YesAllWomen and me

29 May

“Why am I so worthless?”

I had great friends and a loving family when I wrote that. I did well in school, was healthy, had a good job. But I was 21 and I had never kissed a boy.

“I need new hair. I need a new voice. I need new thighs,” I wrote. “I need a new face.” Continue reading