5 Things I learned after Uni

Straight outta UofT

Hi Guys!

I have wanted to do this post for a while but I wanted to wait for any extra surprises life may throw my way. Anyhow I feel like I have gathered sufficient data to help the upcoming alumni. (Congrats btw 😀 you’re super close to the end!)

  1. Free Food is not a thing!
Free Food
Newp, absolutely no one has said this 😦

I know!!!! Dry your eyes dear friend but yes it’s true! There are no real life equivalents of student groups trying to lure you with free food, No meal plans (even though you technically paid for that), There are no student unions offering pancakes and movies. Simply put, if you want food you have to pay or at the very least settle for the teeny tiny samples. If you have lived on campus for the entire duration of your studies, this would probably hit you as hard as it hit me. Brace yourselves, you’re about to spend a small *cough* huge *cough* fortune feeding yourself.

2. You can’t just walk everywhere

Well of course if everything plays out exactly how you want it, this may not apply, however it is far more likely that you would have to cough up more cash on transportation than ever before. Again this is particularly true for people who never lived off campus, the rest of you may be very well versed in paying for metropasses however I almost cried as that $141.50 left my account for the first time. After my first few weeks of living off campus, this is how my life looked:

Friend: Hey! we should grab lunch

Me: Sure thing!

Metropass: Well transportation wouldn’t be an issue

Bank Account: Lol! Girl bye!

 

look aint happening
Not Happening Today Hunny

3. Jobs are not tailored for you and your minimal experience

Oh job hunting was spit-on-your-neck-fantastic! Fresh out of school and somehow when you were focusing on your studies, being involved in extra-curriculars, maintaining a social life and sleeping, you were also supposed to gaining at least 3 years worth of relevant experience. 🙂 Isn’t that just grand? Or the people that would have the guts to suggest unpaid work!!! Excuse me, I’m about $2.00 away from starving to death and you want me to arrive at your location 5 days a week for nothing? Please stop.

job experience

4. You can’t just “chill”

Yes, you just completed one of the most exhausting school years of your life. Yes, right now you just want to take naps an sip mojitos. Yes, it would be nice if you could just get a weekly stipend to fund your turn ups and vacations. But no! Everybody and their unborn child will ask you what you’re doing next. How about we all just agree that I’m being fabulous and that’s all there is to it. Sadly fabulous won’t pay your bills (unless of course you’re Kimora Lee).

Can't adult today
Not today please

5. Stay Connected

After you’ve said your goodbyes and returned your gown and hood, it would become glaring obvious that the thing that tethered you to many of the people in your life right now, has ended. (Yay for alliteration). It would be extremely easy to disconnect and start your life all over again but I can say from experience that I’m thankful for all of the friends I have kept in touch with since graduation. You all make my life feel full and fuzzy ❤

Never forget

Encouragement for job-seekers

Hey guys!

never forget grey's anatomy

So lately I’ve been looking for a job. I found this picture super funny because this is literally how I feel every time I apply for a job and plus I’m re-watching Grey’s Anatomy so it just seemed even funnier. The reality of things though is that there are days I get frustrated and I’m sure anybody who is job hunting or has done so before knows what I mean. For one, the idea that my resume is supposed to be an accurate representation of my skills and abilities still doesn’t make any sense to me. There may be so many things that make me perfect for a particular position or work environment but how do you communicate that in your one page resume?

Then of course there are the thousands of articles and people telling you how to get a job and even though you keep trying those things it just doesn’t seem to work as easily as they make you think it would. You know it wouldn’t be all sunshine and rainbows but sometimes you just want to not have to deal with all of it for a bit. Oh and lest I forget the anxiety you feel when somebody views your linkedin profile…ANONYMOUSLY!!!! What’s that even about? Is this someone I’ve applied to or is this someone creeping on my profile?

From time to time you would have little glimmers of hope that would encourage you to keep applying but the rejection might get a little overwhelming on other days. On those days when you’re feeling low, remember these things.

1) You earned your degree. More than the finances that went in, you put time, sleepless nights, tears and anxiety into that degree and nobody can take that away from you

2) When people try to offer you peanuts as your salary remember how much you invested into your education. This is time for you to get a return on said investment so anything less than the fees you paid is the economy’s attempt at short-changing you.

3) The company put up an ad! They need you more than you need them if you ask me. Especially somebody as talented and as brilliant as you! So don’t let anybody make you feel like they own you; because you were minding your business when they cried out to the world for help. You were kind enough to let them know how amazing you are so don’t let them take that for granted.

4) Your future is so bright! Its okay for these people to sleep on you right now because someday you’ll be so successful that they would wish they were part of your story.

For all my fellow job-seekers outchea keep your head up 🙂 all things work together for the good of them that love Him

ps. for all my Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving!!!