The class called life

Today, I had my last official class. I have one more final between me and graduation. I cannot believe it. My life as a college student is coming to a close. For extra credit in my Organizational Communication and Behavior class, we got to write about our experience. This was my response.

As a senior, I know how communication classes work. You show up, you write a couple papers, you discuss the book in class, and either write a final paper or present a speech. This class was not the norm, but it has been one of my favorite classes. I do not like reading a textbook and talking about it in class. I do not see the point in reading something if the professor is just going to tell us what it said. This class was basically real life application. We would talk about real life examples, not discuss the chapter that much, and we were taught so much more than a book ever could.

The guest speakers taught us and learned right along with us. We all got the chance to tell what we learned from the book and express our thoughts. In my opinion, I learned more about life than about the textbook. As I step into adulthood, I am so glad I was able to take this class. It has taught me that change is good and it is the only constant.

There are several quotes and things said in class that impacted me. The following are some of those:

What jazzes you? Do stuff that scares you. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? How many decisions do we make because we are afraid? Be patient with the process and keep working at it. Keep stepping. You are going to crash and burn.

Last night’s class was the most impactful night for me. I have been struggling with graduating and not knowing what God has for me. When Cliff shared that he was out of work for 7 months, I was shocked. Here is this man who looks like he has his life all together and teaches us about all of these things and uses big words we don’t know. Underneath all of his layers, he is a vulnerable and broken person like the rest of us. We don’t have all of the answers, God does. He said, “It’s a journey…. I did what I could do. Keep stepping and keep moving.”  This will always stick with me. No matter where we are in life, we need to wipe away the tears and step toward God.

These last four weeks of school have been a trying and difficult time for me. I cry a lot more than I used to and I am actually currently crying as I write this. I want all of you to know that no matter what happens in life, God has a plan for every detail. He has a greater plan than we can see.

We need to follow God even though it is painful. We need to walk toward God even when we are still wiping the tears away. He will always be there to walk with us and support us. You just have to take a step.

 

Until next time my sassy peaches,

EM

Adulthood is around the corner

As a high schooler, I expected to graduate college and go straight into my career. Even as a freshmen in college, I thought this to be true. As a senior in college who is 19 days away from graduating, I can tell you that is not the case. I am moving home for the summer and looking for an internship/entry level Public Relations job in the fall. It has been a process to come to terms with the fact of moving home, but I know that it will work out. I am not in control of my life, God is. If I am supposed to move home and wait patiently, I will do so (maybe not as patiently as I should).

Your 20s are a time of transition. You are not supposed to have your life figured out completely. There are other college graduates more qualified than you, there will be a ton of applicants for only one job opening, and you might not be a great fit for the company. Take time to breath, pray, and roll with the punches. Society might say we need to have our lives together, but guess what, it’s your life. Do what you want with it! Take this time to take internships, find what you have a passion for and don’t let anyone force you into a job you won’t like.

If you are transitioning into college, know that it is okay not to know what you want to major in. Take courses in different areas to see what excites you. If you are thinking about changing your major, do it now! Don’t regret the major you picked because some people are not cut out for certain careers. If you are graduating college and don’t have a plan, that is totally okay! Take some time and see what you want to do. Take life one day at a time and think about what you would like to do in your career.

We don’t need to act like we have everything together. Older adults don’t have their lives together either. Our career path and lives are like wine, it is better with age. It takes time and effort to know what we are called to do in life. Taking time to see what you are passionate about will benefit you in the long run. You don’t want to be stuck in a career you hate. If you would rather be in a hands on environment, a desk job might not be the best idea.

You also your first job won’t be your dream job. You have to be Cinderella a couple times before you find your Prince Charming of Jobs. You also must be willing to work internships for little to no pay. Employers look at your experience, not what you got paid.

If you are scared about your future, so is everyone else around you. Talk to others about it. They are struggling alongside you. Find comfort in others and see what you can do for them. Opportunities are everywhere. They may be jobs, internships, friendships, networking, or just supporting those around you. Seek out those opportunities because you never know what could happen.

 

Until next time my sassy peaches,

EM

Spring Break of Firsts

My spring break may have been a month or two ago, but I still wanted to share my trip with y’all.

Some students travel the world over their spring breaks. Some go places they have never been before. I have experienced life like I never have before.

I traveled to Nashville, TN to spend a week with family friends who have three children.

My spring break was a week of firsts.

Driving down by myself. I have never driven by myself longer than about two hours. It was an experience that showed me it is normal to be by yourself and it is okay to slow down.

Driving on a four lane highway. I do not live in a huge town and we do not have four lane highways. It was definitely different and scary for me, but a good experience to go through and learn from.

Changed a diaper for the first time. I am the baby of my family and I never had to change a diaper before. It was quite the experience. This little girl Indy is not a hold still kind of girl; she is a mover. It was not a small task, but we did not make a messy and the diaper stayed on, so I call that success. I also strapped a child into a car seat. It was a big week learning about kids.

Spending the week with a 7 ½ year old, 2 ½ year old, and an 8 month old. That is no small task. I love kids and seeing what moms go through on a daily basis makes me respect my mom and all of you moms out there.

Learned the importance of building up muscle before you have children. I carried around a 2 ½ year old a couple times and I realized how heavy they are and how weak I am.

An odd first for me was having ginger beet juice. We went to a grocery store called The Turnip Truck and had lunch there. It is an organic grocery store and it is really cool on the inside. They had a salad bar, a hot bar, a sandwich area, and a juice bar. One of the juices of the day was red juice. It contained carrots, ginger, beets, and some other fruits and veggies. It was not my favorite, but it was decent.

A huge first for me was having my first big girl job interview. I have had job interviews before but this one was for my future career. It went great and I have a couple more coming up soon.

Tried Cream Soda for the first time. It is like a vanilla marshmallow soda. It is quite delicious.

We all need to be uncomfortable sometimes. Step outside your comfort zone and go on an adventure! You won’t regret it.

 

Until next time my sassy peaches,

EM