For my project, I’ve been talking to soon-to-be college grads about their plans, hopes and worries. However, I haven’t shared what has been going through my mind as the big day looms closer (exactly one month, ahhh), and I think the Campus Compared development blog is the perfect outlet for me to do so. Where do I even begin?
Well, as of right now, I don’t have a job. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been applying like an absolute crazy person, though. I send out about an average of five applications a day, and I’ve probably applied to literally every job that I am even the least bit qualified for.
But I have gotten over a few hurdles along the way.
For starters, deciding on a city to move to after graduation was a very difficult thing for me to do. I began my job search by applying to places literally all over the country, but I quickly got overwhelmed with the idea of moving my life to an unfamiliar place far away from my family and friends. I haven’t nixed that idea totally because I’d love to eventually take roots elsewhere. However, I felt that it would be beneficial to focus my job search on one city and allow myself to settle into the “real world” in a familiar place that isn’t too far away from my support system.
So I chose Columbus. I fell in love with Columbus this past summer during my internship at The Columbus Dispatch. It’s only a couple hours from my family in Cleveland, I have friends in the area and I’m familiar with the culture (and the roads!). Since I began focusing my job search on one particular area, I’ve made a lot more progress and I’ve even started looking at apartments. I don’t want to get into too much detail about my job search because I’m a firm believer in the concept of “jinxing,” but I will say that I’ve had a couple great interviews that I’m really hoping something will come out of.
But hey, if I would have told myself at the beginning of my senior year that I would come at least this far in my after-grad plans, I wouldn’t have believed myself.