Are you approaching graduation? Trying to figure out how to find a job? Or as I call it, getting a “big-kid job.” When I was graduating from Lindenwood with my BFA, I began to do the graduation freak out! The “Wait, what do I do now?” questioning. A little gem that is not really known on campuses is the Career Center, the place where you can go to find help with resumes, interviewing and even job placements. I had no idea Lindenwood had a place like this until that last week before I graduated. And I only found out by my dad asking me if there was an office like that on campus.
Most of my professors at Fontbonne have suggested us going to see the Career Counselors many times, so hopefully this is not a surprise to anyone! However, if it is I highly suggest that before it is your last semester or even the last week before graduation that you set up an appointment to begin preparing your resume or even work on your interviewing skills. One thing they offer is you can set up an appointment and come in with full interview-ready clothes on and they will do a mock interview while videotaping you so that you can see what bad habits you have and can fix them. This is a wonderful opportunity that I don’t feel enough people take advantage of. As someone who used to interview potential employees, I can tell you that this is a wonderful service Fontbonne offers, and I highly suggest you make an appointment — the sooner the better! Another thing that students should know is that Fontbonne offers this service to us even after we have graduated!
I must admit that during my undergrad studies I went to the library to A.) Print a paper when my dorm printer didn’t work, B.) Find a book to use as a cited source when the professor required it, and finally (my favorite) C.) Take a nap! Now, college students, I am not saying this is the best way to use the library! As a matter of fact, now that I am in my graduate studies I have found myself in the library more than not, especially these last few weeks. I think the Librarians even know my favorite computer and my habit of grabbing a soda and snack after I claimed said computer then sitting down and punching out paper after paper. For those that don’t know, teaching majors have to complete what is called the Culminating Project which is a 3-inch binder filled with data reports, papers, lesson plans, reflections and samples of student work. Now, if you are like me and a commuter, the Library is the best place to complete this massive piece of work.
When at home, I find myself distracted by my dog who constantly feels she should be petted or played with, TV shows and movies, my parents telling me to do something, and of course taking a nap. However, when at the Library I have nothing else to do but sit and write. It’s amazing how when at home it takes me an entire day to punch out three papers, but at the Library I can be there for an hour and have my daily allotment of work done.
I honestly have no idea how I would have gotten my Culminating Project done without the Library at Fontbonne! If you are also fortunate like me and find yourself living out in a very rural area where the local Library doesn’t even have a computer then heading out to Fontbonne was the only way I had to print my papers out (I say this because after my last move my printer found its way down a flight of stairs, it doesn’t work so well).
To wrap this up, I must say, during finals or even during a stressful time try the Library, it can’t hurt to try!
I have never really been one to jump outside of my comfort zone; I never really was brought up to. My life has always been very planned, even vacations; we are the family with an itinerary down to the minute. I just thought that’s how it always was! Well, as I have grown up, become my own person, yes, I do love my predictability, but I have learned how much flexibility and spontaneity are important for me to be successful.
I think the first big jump from my comfort zone was going away to college. Yes, I went to a college where I knew some of the people that went there, however, they were graduating that year so we never had classes together and I only would see them maybe in the cafeteria or at rehearsals. I had to meet new people, rearrange my schedule, depend on myself to get my homework done and go where I needed to go without reminders from my parents. This was a huge shock to my system. But after a few months this too becomes routine. Then the next leap: transferring to a graduate program at a different college. Another place to meet people, this time I knew no one, and I now didn’t have the luxury of living on campus I was now a commuter and the classes I was in only had ten people – if that – in them. How would it ever become routine? Well it does.
Student teaching terrified me because yet again, I was leaving my routines, is now in week 10 and I have settled in. I know my schedules, I know my students, I know my peers and I am comfortable. However, this will all end in 2 more weeks. I will be yet again shot into unknown. I have never seen graduation as a happy time; it has always been absolutely terrifying to me. Those routines and bonds you form are shattered the moment you cross that stage. Yes, you should feel proud, but what now? I have a piece of paper in my hands but no clear set routines formed, no bonds in sight. I remember that feeling after my BFA, and it is slowly creeping in yet again. Come May, what do I do then?