I’m not sure what to expect and I’m stressed

Unfortunately, anyone at this point in their life doesn’t know too and they are probably just as stressed. Fresh out of college, filled with ambition, a vague idea of what she wants to do, yet she still doesn’t know how to properly iron her clothes (despite going to a fashion school).

FIT did a great job in creating a program that teaches the basics of the advertising industry, despite some courses being repetitive. The repetition is within good faith, allowing students to use this new information where they’re allowed to make mistakes (and not get fired for it). The university definitely taught me countless hard and soft skills, but there is a ceiling as to how much one can learn from within the four walls. At this point I feel that I learned everything that FIT can provide and in order to learn more I must work.

The internships that I took on in the past four years made the knowledge learned in the classroom tangible. I was a young eager student who couldn’t (and still can’t) sit still and wanted to do more than go to class. Freshman year I took on an unpaid internship at a PR agency, and man oh man was that a rollercoaster. Although it was unpaid I learned a lot about the demands of public relations, the different fashion seasons, that I don’t like public relations and the fashion industry all that much, and how to value myself. Since then I’ve made it a point to arrange my school schedule to have time for an internship that aligns within my interest: digital marketing.

It is one thing to say you’re scared of the unknown, and it is another to say that that fear makes you excited. Well at least for me. This past week I have been feeling like a giant pot of mixed emotions and I’m not exactly sure what to make of it. It makes me nervous because I really don’t know what is next. Most people would say they have a job lined up already or they’re planning to take a year off to relax.

For me I’m neither of those.

I currently don’t have a job lined up, nor am I looking to take a year off. Quite honestly, that is terrifying. I have friends who’ve accepted post-college job offers since October. There are others who are looking to travel for the some time before applying to jobs. Me? I want to start working, man.

I graduate this Thursday, then I catch a flight to Asia the next morning. I’ll be for two and a half weeks visiting Hong Kong and Japan. It makes me antsy and nervous that I currently don’t have a position waiting for me for when I come back. But to those who may be on the same boat as I am, here are some words of advice that I’ve been told:

“Trust the process, you know your worth, be confident in your skills. Things will fall into place for you.”

I know it’s easier said than done but these are the words I have been repeating to myself every morning since my last final. I know the world seems intimidating but here is a secret: you’re allowed to have some time for yourself. The time we have now allows us to breath before embarking on a new chapter in our lives. Use it and cherish it.

My time at FIT has been irreplaceable. It has been an exceptional experience to attend such a renowned university and I’ll forever be grateful of it. Like any other university there are some flaws, but what you make of your time as a student there outweighs all of it. Thank you FIT for the past four years, cheers to commencement and hoping that in the future all will be swell.

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