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I’m Feeling 22, Too…

I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin’ 22 and it feels a hella bit different than Taylor Swift described it.

If you didn’t watch the video that I so conveniently provided for you, basically she notes how fun and carefree being 22 is. It’s a perfect time to party! Wear sparkly clothes! Go swimming! Dress like hipsters. (Period because hipsters don’t do exclamation points.) And SO.MUCH.MORE!!!

My perspective is a bit different. While I’ve loved being 22 so far, it is much more stressful than our girl Swifty would like you to know. For one, it’s the age most of us are when we graduate college. “That’s great,” you say, “No more school!” True, but for the majority of us that don’t get our “dream job” or even an entry-level position that can be worked into our “dream job” right after graduation, it feels like we’ve failed. It also feels like the time that we have to make a lot of hard decisions about where we want to go next, while also being a time that we have steadily increasing debt with rapidly decreasing bank accounts. (Granted, I probably should’ve made fewer trips to Moe’s…but a gal needs her comfort food in times of uncertainty!) Finally, it feels like a time that we need to truly become adults though we might not be ready.

We’ve never had this much freedom to do whatever we want and to make some big decisions, and it’s scary. We’ve always had another year of school to look forward to, to put off the inevitable “real world” of 9-5’s, cubicles, and ugly business attire. But we’re told 22 is the time to hop in, full force, and I just seem to be flailing around.

I’m discovering, however, that it’s ok to not know exactly what is going to happen next, just as long as I keep looking forward. I’m trying to learn to embrace change (I won’t say with open arms though, because we all know I’m not a hugger.) So I guess, in a way, Taylor is right. (UGHHHHHHHHH.) Twenty-two is a time to do what we want to do and work on becoming who we want to be without being so damn stressed out. It’s not going to happen overnight for most of us, and that’s ok.

Mostly though, 22 just feels like a time that everyone who’s anyone is getting engaged, my air conditioning is broken, and I watch a lot of MTV’s “Girl Code.”

The only human interaction I've had today was the people that made my burrito at Moe's. #SOS

The only human interaction I’ve had today was the people that made my burrito at Moe’s. #SOS

 

 

 

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Vol For Life

Well, my time at UT is officially over. (*Cue waterworks*)

I have spent the last four years laughing, crying, stressing, going to class, skipping class, going to football games, learning, teaching, and most importantly, growing to love orange more and more. I could not have asked for a better college experience, and there is not one thing I would take back if I could. The people I’ve met along the way are some of the greatest people I’ve ever known, and I look forward to keeping in touch with them as we go our separate ways and follow our individual paths.

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This past week has been crazy. For starters, about 30 of my closest friends saw me bawl my eyes out for the first time. I had successfully made it four years with probably only three of them having ever seen me cry. Not a big crier. Sentimental thoughts and fears of the unknown drove me to tears, though. I even allowed people to hug me. #SHUDDER. Then, the next day I got to see one of my very best friends graduate. Valedictorian of the Nursing program. NBD. Not like that’s hard or anything…she was the one who introduced me to Ultimate Frisbee, some of my very favorite people, and being weird as hell. Oh, and Menchies. God love her. She also got her dream job so snaps to her. #Attaguuuurl. (I really think hashtagging within conversations is gonna catch on so I’m going with it.) My family also came in town that night and I got to show them my Knoxville stompin’ grounds. (Shoutout to them for supporting me throughout my college career!) It was a delight to spend time with them and I got to take my brother to The Library, a classy speakeasy with drinks to die fo’. Aaaaand for once I was getting to introduce him to something rather than the other way around. He’s always ahead of the curve. (Except for that one time he asked me if I had heard “that song ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna…five years after it came out.) Thursday was the big day. I graduated wearing the following mortarboard:

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People didn’t want to sit by me…awkwaaaaaaaaaaard.

But whateva. I didn’t fall when I walked across the stage which was my primary concern so all’s well that ends well. That night, another one of my bestiezzz had a graduation party that was a delightful send off to those who I won’t see again for awhile (tear). And finally, on Friday, me and the friend I’m living with in Nashville decided on an apartment and got the paperwork started to move in the first weekend in June! WHEW! (Still debatable whether or not I’ll crash and burn in Nashville, but I’m optimistic.)

Overall, UT was perfect. When applying to colleges, I didn’t ever think I would actually go there, and after my traumatic orientation (blasting “Rocky Top” at 7am in the jail-cell-like Clement Hall (Long live Massey!) with no friends to talk to and a more-awkward-less-outgoing-than-I-am-now personality), I didn’t think I’d survive college. I’m pretty sure I spent about 95% of that weekend pretending to be talking on my phone. Now I only do that in the UTMOST of awkward situations! Like say, 85% of the time. LOLZ JAYKAY NOT THAT OFTEN.

At UT, I got to experience my first time living with a roommate, which truly could not have turned out better, (also my first time living with three roommates, and….seven roommates…and a dog), my first apartment, my first time doing my own laundry (don’t judge…), my first time ruining my own laundry, my first time getting to eat whatever I wanted (CURSE YOU SOPHIES AND PCB FOR ONLY HAVING DELICIOUS PIZZA AND BAGELS! AND PROBABLY PIZZA BAGELS! #Freshman5000), and even my first time having friends of the male species (all-girls middle and high school education REPRESENT!). I did manage to survive without pulling one all-nighter. Came pretttttty close this last semester, though.

As cheesy as this is, we all now know I’m secretly sentimental. So I just wanted to say, I will never forget the teachers, classes, teammates, and friends that made my journey the best it could be. Shoutout to y’all. Love you guise foreva and always.

#VFL

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Don’t Mess with the BOHAN

On Monday, Caroline Pekarsky, a recent UTK Ad alum, came to speak to our Social Media class about blogging specifically, and life after graduation more generally. She works Engagement for an Advertising firm in Nashville called BOHAN that has accounts ranging from the Music City Music Council to Pidgeon Forge.

BOHAN is a smaller firm that focuses on diversity and individuality. Oh, and they’re also located right across from the trailers used when filming the tv show Nashville! (Connie Britton is brilliant, though she will always remain Tammy Taylor of “Friday Night Lights” to me. Sidenote–I’m sure I’ll get to my obsession with FNL at some point this semester so, you’ve been warned).

Being able to talk to someone who has so recently graduated and entered the working world was exciting and interesting, especially since I’m about to venture into that Unknown myself. My plan has been to move to Nashville because, as much as I love Chattanooga and everything it has to offer, I want to try somewhere new and exciting so that I can challenge myself (but not so much that I’m going to move to some crazy other region where I don’t know anyone! Are you crazy?! Baby steps.)

Anyway…

A few things I learned from Caroline’s talk include:

1) Apply for jobs early–like I should’ve started yesterday…(Next weekend is going to be dedicated to that, I swear.)

2) Apply a lot of places.

3) Don’t be suprised when you never hear back from the majority of the places you’ve applied besides the obligatory, “We received your resume and will be in touch if anything opens up.” Yeah, sure you will..

4) Having a solid grasp on social media is what can set you apart from other applicants.

5) Using strategic #hashtags, links, categories, etc. will help immensely in increasing your influence and visibility online.

6) TITLES, TITLES, TITLES! I will say, my last post got a lot of traffic. Now, whether or not that was the traffic I was intending…

and my personal favorite piece of advice:

7) Never be afraid to be a FANBOY on Twitter. –Therefore, I am going to dedicate this semester to getting Lena Dunham to a) follow me back (whaaa? That’ll never happen!) b) reply to a tweet (slightly more achievable) or c) retweet me (laaaame but it’ll do). I will keep you, my legions of readers, updated as the saga continues. Wish me luck.

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