skin and bones, don’t you know? | January 16, 2011

Hello World.

This was the default title for the example-post WordPress made to get all of us newbies acquainted with the site and its features. But it really made me think- probably more than they would guess.

I’m at one of those key transitions in life, one that gets a whole section in the greeting card aisle and those fancy themed photo frames- I’m about to graduate from college. You’re right, it’s nothing all that newsworthy. Millions of people graduate from college all over the world every year. This year though, I get to be one of those people.

The book of “Mandy Goes to College” has long been waiting for a final chapter, and in some ways I’m more than ready to close it for good and put it on a top shelf. I’m ready to apply everything I’ve learned and seen and experienced to that “real world” that John Mayer and Matchbox 20 talk about and start making my impact on society. This is all incredibly daunting as well, as I’m sure all of those millions of other grads can attest to. Because transitions prompt the inevitable (and always somewhat annoying and overwhelming) question- “So what’s next?”

Up until now I’ve been able to shrug, mention something about how there’s still time, smile, then change the subject. But now that “time” is about to run out. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about what I want to do when I “grow up” in a few short months. It’s actually that I think about it all the time. I’ve focused all of my energy the last few years to trying to make sure that what I’m doing will be good for “my future”. So now’s the time to put all of my employment, school, internship, and life experience to use and focus on finding a job. In addition to all of the normal trials and tribulations associated with the job search, there is none more highly publicized than the notorious “Economy” (capitalized for dramatic effect). But find a job I must, and despite this obvious and terrible road block that many of us are facing, I am still setting out to discover what that future entails- and to make it happen.

So I invite you to follow me as I embark on an epic journey filled with action and drama, highs and lows, tears of joy and sorrow. Come along with me as I tackle resume revisions, job search engines, social networking sites, campus events, and much, much more. Please feel free to comment with advice, words of encouragement,  job offers (hint hint), or empathetic remarks.

“Hello World” is right.

PS. Please play along and (re)take the HumanMetrics personality quiz here. I’ve decided that it’s important to find out who I am before I become who I want to be. Until then…



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