Hello my lovely friends! For today, I wanted to write a quick chatty post to you all about life after college. As you know, I recently graduated from Point Loma in San Diego with a degree in Graphic Design. The last four years went by in the blink of an eye and I’ve been trying to take some time to reflect. I went in as a small 18 year old, met lots of friends, lost touch with a couple of them, had my heart broken, explored the wonders of San Diego, and grown into a stronger more confident person. But what about after college? No one really prepares you for that. That’s what I want to do in today’s post, or maybe even make a few posts around this topic!
I’ll start with graduation day. One of the happiest and proudest days of my life. Every person should feel so excited and accomplished on this day. There was a bit of fog from the marine layer that rolled in (my school was right on the ocean) but overall, it was a beautiful sunny day. The ceremony went smoothly and before I knew it, I was a college graduate! Throughout this week we were also moving furniture out of my apartment and cleaning every nook and cranny (wow what am I, a grandma?) The cleaning itself took an entire day, but before I knew it, I was headed back home to Orange County to really start my adult life.
What No One Tells You
For the first few weeks after my graduation, I was simply waiting around. My family and I had our Europe trip planned as you know, so I took this time to let my mind and body relax after these past four years of studying and stress. However, with my kind of personality, too much time without having anything to accomplish can be detrimental. To be honest, I felt a bit lost not having any projects to design, tests to study for, or small homework assignments to finish. On one hand, its a freeing feeling, but on the other I felt a bit purposeless. For the past 16 years, I’ve been a student. That was my job and title. Without that, I wasn’t really sure what my “label” was or what I should do with myself. I suppose the best feelings to describe this point are: angsty for things to get rolling, excited for what was to come, and honestly just a bit impatient.
I’m someone who constantly wants things planned out and ready. I do best with routines. That’s just who I am and it works for me. This was a point I had never been in life, and it was very uncomfortable. Luckily, we went on our Europe trip and it was very inspiring. I planned to go back home and work tirelessly to apply for jobs in my field. I had a retail job lined up, which has been a great way to pass the time and save some money.
I’ll sum this up simply so the post doesn’t go on to long, but this has been my life post grad:
- Wake up
- Go to work for 8 and a half hours
- Come home and get ready for bed (or have dinner depending on when I get off from work)
- Sit down with my laptop, searching on sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Glassdoor for jobs I’m interested in
- Some days I had time to take photos to prepare for a blog post
- Go to bed
Some mornings I have tried to fit in gym time, since my health journey has been going quite well recently. However as you can see, most of my time is spent working or searching for a job in either Graphic Design, Social Media, or general content creation. I knew this would have to be my routine if I wanted to find an amazing job I loved, and I was ready to take on the hustle. I’ll admit there were days I got a bit bummed out and down on myself when I didn’t get responses from companies or received straight up rejection emails. However, let me provide a little light at the end of the tunnel. After about a month of this same routine, I got three interviews in one week. Positive emails rolled in like a giant wave and I was overwhelmed with happiness! After so much silence, opportunity was screaming at me. I’ve gotten so much better and more confident when it comes to interviews and it has paid off!
I’m happy to announce that I’m officially a professional Graphic Designer for a magazine in Orange County! It was my very first interview of my post grad life, and I am over the moon that I got the job. I’m starting this new position in a couple weeks, so I think I’ll hold off on the actual company’s name until that date. I’m so excited for this opportunity and to share my experience with you guys! If you would like a detailed post about how exactly I found and applied for this position, let me know in the comments below! I’d be happy to share my job searching process, because I know how confusing it can be straight out of college. Hope you guys are having a great week and I hope you’re okay with my transparency in this post!