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!
After 24 years of constantly moving and leaving behind friends. I should be okay to move back to the East Coast; but this is not the case. Everything started when I was a year old. My family moved to Japan and after 4 years we moved to Peru. Well, I don’t quite remember my Japanese friends but I did make some friends in Peru. It was hard to move to the US. In the U.S. I moved three times during my middle and high school years. Now, the story repeats again. My time in St. Louis will culminate in three weeks. Part of me is ready to go back to the East Coast and start my career as a dietitian. Part of me wants to stay a bit longer in STL. It’s ironic how a year ago I eagerly waited for the Holidays to fly home. Now, I am making plans to some day in the near future visit the friends I am leaving behind in St. Louis.
I know that it is for my own good to go back to the East Coast, to be specific the DC area. There are more job opportunities there. And if I decide to go for a PhD, there are several well-known universities such as Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Georgetown, just to name a few.
I’ve been preparing for my May graduation in various ways. I’ve applied for grad schools all over. I’ve really considered what I want to do with my life. I’ve been tutoring biology at school a ton, and I’ve been interning off campus in a lab all while taking 18 credit hours in order to prepare me for the part research/part work life that constitutes biology graduate studies. However, it occurred to me earlier that I haven’t prepared myself for one thing: blogging.
Since my freshman year, I’ve been a Fontbonne blogger. By using Fontbonne’s WordPress forum, I’ve talked about my classes, friendships, joys, and sorrows. I’ve shared stories of lab mishaps, Cardinals games, theatrical productions, and new experiences. I’ve talked about my favorite professors and about classes that changed my life. I’ve shared photos, links, and YouTube videos. I don’t have a Facebook (yep, I’m one of the very few of us out there without one!). I don’t have Twitter. Or Skype. Or any of the everyday social media apps that are found on practically all phones.
Truth be told, I’ve really enjoyed blogging. It’s fun. It’s creative. It allows me to put my thoughts on paper like I used to long ago when I thought I was going to be an English major who’d take an excess of creative writing classes. I guess now I’ll have to go online and find a free blog forum that I can join. But, unlike with looming graduate school application deadlines, I have until the end of May in order to do that. Until then, keep reading, my dear readers. You’ll find me here (practically) every week.