As a second-semester senior at UNC, I assumed everything about post-graduation would be much clearer. You’re supposed to coast through second semester with the promise that you have something lined up after graduation, right? (Spoiler alert: not so much.)
Surrounded by people securing jobs immediately following graduation, I’m actually finding that things seem less clear than ever. Before now, a summer internship was temporary. Yes, you try to leverage those professional relationships and build them into post-grad opportunities, but there was so much less pressure to find something you’re truly passionate about and could see yourself doing long-term.
Now as I write this, I don’t know what I’m doing after graduation. But for some reason, I’m weirdly not too concerned about it. I’ll obviously continue to look for jobs and network and all that lovely professional stuff, but I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I know that the universe will point me in the right direction.
I feel like the UNC School of Media and Journalism has prepared me to be adaptable and determined in seemingly endless career paths. So for me, the hardest part is knowing I could do so many different things. How do you choose the right thing to do? What if you pass up an opportunity that could have changed your life forever?
But, on this never ending journey to discovering myself, I decided to take a step towards my post-graduation identity — this blog. Now, I obviously know this blog won’t be the end all be all for my career woes (insert sad violin music here), but I think that when you’re forced to write about yourself or your opinions, you have this sense of almost self-intimacy that you don’t have on a daily basis, at least in my experience.
So this semester, I’m taking MEJO 577: The Branding of Me, a class focused on creating a brand for yourself based on your passions and what represents you. This includes blogging at least twice a week.
Really, I’ve wanted to build my online presence and blog for a while, I just didn’t think anyone would read my thoughts. Honestly, no one probably will except for my classmates, professor and couple LinkedIn connections that accidentally click on these posts. But even just having the chance to sit down and reflect on myself, my passions and my goals will allow me to more clearly understand where I could go and what I could do after graduation.
I took this class not only to let others get to know me and what I’m interested in, but to get a better idea of who I am and to get to know myself more. What will this blog be? Your guess is as good as mine. But I can only hope that over the course of this semester (and maybe beyond), this blog will be entertaining, inspiring and (maybe) even informative at times.