3 years after graduation, a quick update

Whoever said times were tough wasn’t lying.  It has been almost three years since I donned that horrendous burgundy graduation gown, and walked out of the rustic Loyola halls with my diploma in hand.

I had big dreams for the future. I cold literally do anything, or so I thought.  Advertising, Public Relations, writing, acting? Little did I know that 2010 was not the best year for graduation.  Everybody was struggling.  I looked and yes, perhaps I could have looked harder, but the thing was that I expected a job, and not just another internship.  After completing four during college, wouldn’t that technically add up to 2 years of experience?  Guess not.

And many reached out.  They really did, they’d say things like “you have a great resume, take this internship for $10 an hour and then we’ll see where it goes.”

Excuse me?  “We’ll see where it goes?” What does that mean exactly?  Like you may or may not hire me?

The problem, or blessing as some would say, is that I already had a job.  A part-time job I’d had since my senior year of high school at a sales center.  This part-time job had me rolling in the dough.  Well, kind of.  It certainly facilitated my shoe and handbag obsession, and a $10 an hour internship simply could not compete.

So I did the unthinkable, or what now a days is pretty much considered the norm, and moved back home.  It was painful, but I definitely saved some money. Oh yes, plenty of money.  Sure, I suffered through my mothers “house rules” and had to adhere to a curfew but I can honestly say it was worth it because….

I PAID OFF MY STUDENT LOAN DEBT! Literally $40,000. Dunzo!  I’ve heard many complain that they spent an obscene amount of money on a worthless degree because they have been unable to find a satisfying job, but for me, at least now, it doesn’t matter if the degree is worthless or not, because baby, it is paid!

So in a sense I’m back at the beginning.  Loans are paid and it’s time to move on to a more challenging position.  I finally came to the realization that I may have to start as an intern again, but I think I am absolutely fine with that.  Mostly because I have no debt and plenty of savings, which means when I finally move out and into my own apartment, it will actually be furnished.  And that is something I simply cannot wait for!

So I suppose it is time to update this site, as here is where the big girl job search begins…

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Sharing the experience

I can’t believe that I’ve been at Loyola for almost four years.  I guess that means that I am technically one of the experienced ones.  I was asked by Loyola to share my thoughts on the new School of Communication.  You can see the video here.

It’s nice that Loyola has a new school, and as a senior with a major from the new School of Communication, I think it’s too bad that I only get to enjoy the resources for about a year and a half.  At least the new advertising and public relations students that come along will get a brand new high-tech school with amazing resources.

The topics that I touch on in the video are completely true.  I love going to school in Chicago.  Everything is right in my back yard.  I think this will certainly increase my chances of getting hired upon graduation.  Companies won’t have to pay me any relocation fees and I am sure that they will be ecstatic about that.

Going to school at Loyola, a city college, has definitely been an interesting experience.  We don’t have a football team or frat houses, but we do have an amazing skyline and really fun nightlife, not to mention easy access to some of the most renowned companies in the U.S.

Overall, I’m very glad I decided to go to school here.  What about you guys?  Are you happy with your college choices, or would you rather have gone somewhere else?

This is what I woke up to as a freshman living in Mertz Hall

Why I will be prepared to enter the workforce as a public relations professional

I think college students looking to enter the workforce as public relations professionals will be well-trained.  I wish I was referring to the classes that they will have hopefully taken, but I’m not. Public relations professors keep telling us that as PR professionals we will not work the typical 9 to 5 job, but for the past four years I have not kept a typical schedule at all.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays for instance, I wake up at 10:30, go to class till 6:45 and then go to bed at 2 a.m.  That’s only if I don’t have anything major going on of course, because during finals I’ll usually go to bed at 4 or 5 a.m. (I know, it’s probably best to go to bed at 9 since I’m probaly doomed to fail anyway).

The point I’m trying to make is that when I graduate and get my first job I will probaly go crazy.  Having to wake up at 7 to get to work by 9 a.m. is going to be awful.  I really hope that all my professors have been right when they tell us that we are going to have crazy schedules, because that has been my life for the past several years.

Further, they tell us to be ready for the unexpected because that’s what crisis communications is all about.  Well I can’t even remember all the times I’ve shown up to school half an hour before class and had someone tell me that we have a paper due or an exam.  In those times of panic I’ve had to think fast and work fast.  This usually happens rarely to me since I tend to lean toward the prepared side, but I know for a fact that we have all done it.  My generation has been trained to think fast, especially when we are put on the spot.  I hear that this is what public relations is all about.  Thinking fast and solving problems.

Good thing I’m in college, getting trained in all departments so that when I start my career in public relations I will be ready for the long hours and any all-nighters.