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OMG, Add Me on LinkedIn?!

Now that we are…how shall I say…older, we are evolving in our social media standards.

First, our generation was judging incisively on MySpace. Then, luckily, Facebook entered our lives and saved some – only some – of our humanity. Instagram crept into our lives, igniting our competitiveness for the ‘coolest’ filtered photo. Snapchat made us realize how annoying people were with their incessant need to send snaps of their food. Thanks for helping my diet, jerks.

Now, LinkedIn is the new and coolest thing for us twentysomething, young adults. It is definitely the one social media account we should be using (seriously). This is a great way to stay in touch with professional connections and find new ones. You can also look for job postings and search companies on this site, which is great for you poor (literally) unfortunate souls.

Blog1But there are a few thoughts that will cross your mind as you begin this phase in your life. A lot of self-judgment will occur, and in retrospect, you’re going to have some regrets of how little you actually did with your life up until now. Sorry, but best of luck!

  1. Cool, I get to make a new profile

Oh wait…I have no real experience or past work. I look like a lazy brat now.

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  1. Oo, I can upload a profile picture

Which shall I use: the totally not-sober one from senior year shenanigans or the ratchet one of me dying from heat
stroke at a football game? Let’s face it, no one has real headshots already done…that requires money.

  1. The skills section should be easy

Wait, what kind of skills are these? Excel, Leadership, and Management? What happened to eating, sleeping, and
being frugal? (You will begin to question even the most basic skills you think you have…like spelling)

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  1. Profile is complete

This is the most boring profile of myself. I look like an eighteen-year-old, who has to repeat senior year.

  1. Finding connections

Oh I know her! Woah…she’s done that much with her life so far? Liar. Fraud. Still, she makes me look bad, so I will
not be requesting her.

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  1. Someone looked at my profile!

Wait a minute, you can see who looks at your profile? I’m suddenly regretting my stalking. Why didn’t someone tell me
first?!

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  1. What the heck are second connections?

Too much brain power is needed for this ‘social media’ site. My brain has the hurts.

  1. Can this be like a dating site, too?

Finally found a nice professional-ish photo; not one of those ‘professional’ shots that include the perfected deer-in-
the-headlights look, old-lady hair style, and shoulder-padded suit. Time to scout out the cutest connections!

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If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, take these points as warnings. Go out and do some stuff with your time and fill up that resume! If you already do have a LinkedIn profile, you understand what a mental struggle this point in life really is.

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xOx

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10 Things to Question about Your Life after Undergrad

Questionable phases of life after gradation. We all go through them and we all survive them….well most of us do. Here are 10 things to question:

1. Receiving a job offer

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Because of all the talk about the difficulty of getting a job, if you do receive an offer, it becomes very suspicious. Wait, I only applied to 20 jobs and actually got one? Whereas, you hear horror stories of people applying to 40 jobs and getting one interview and no job. It is a paid position, right? Not an internship? Always be on high alert when something happens too easily in the working-world. Unless you got hired at McDonald’s, then just nod and accept it.

2.  Old friends

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Some of your old friends act like they have too much of their shiznit together. Those are the ones you need to watch out for. No one has that much of their life pieced together yet. And with the politics starting to erupt already for 2016, some of your friends’ true colors are coming out over Facebook…question their reasoning. Block.

3.  Your relationship status

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If you feel like Christ Traeger, you are probably questioning yourself, too. Leaving undergrad means leaving all of your friends, and who knows when you will all be together in one spot again?

4. All the work you did in undergrad

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All that stuff you had to memorize for exams was beyond pointless. It was actually wasteful. Wasted the space in your brain, wasted your time, wasted thousands of note cards. Question why you tried so hard do to do well in those useless courses. And then be ready to get mad.

5. Your ability to keep it all together

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If you can fake it enough to act like you have it all together, you deserve an award. If you think you have your life all put together nicely, you need to question yourself. Don’t lie to us, you rub your face into a pillow every night before bed like our trusty, relate-able buddy, Nick Miller.

6. Your career choice

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Think you know what you want to do after you graduate? Guess again. Chances are you will question yourself with every job application or every grad school assignment. If all else fails, become a wizard; it’s as close as you will be to a real job after you graduate anyway.

7.  Your ability to stay professional at all times

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Think you will act like a mature adult now that you have a diploma? Chances are you will become very sarcastic very quickly. Professionalism is boring anyway, so question those who act like it all the time. Plus, you’re still a child in the eyes of many.

8. Your so-called undergrad accomplishments

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Think being secretary in an undergrad club will get you far in the job market? Think that one intramural team you were on will help? It won’t. And the lack of actual “accomplishments” on your resume will only make you feel worse. I hate that part of a resume anyway. Can watching Netflix be on there?

9. Your interview capabilities

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Maybe give yourself a practice round or two before that job interview. And if you don’t, question why you aren’t. No one is actually prepared for an interview. That’s the joke of the year. It’s also something they didn’t teach you in undergrad, so question your college/university on that one.

10.  Your ability to flirt

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If you think you’re still in ‘the game’, you’re probably wrong. Question why it hasn’t worked out for you so far.

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How College did Prepare Me for Life

  1. Being social

That constant crave to be popular on Instagram, Twitter (back in the day), Facebook, Tumblr, whatever and be social also actually did prove to be helpful. The job market is very much a Who-You-Know type place. Trying to be social online sometimes equated to being social in person because how awkward is it to like all of someone’s photos on social media and not feel like friends in person? Plus, you never know when you may need to hunt someone down after not seeing them for 10 years and beg (I mean ask persistently) for a job. So, suck up now and like all those relentless posts of them with “bae,” those downward shots of the Starbucks coffee, and their bare legs at the poolside. You may need them later for a recommendation.

  1. Surviving off of caffeine and limited sleep

Who knew that life after undergrad would be just as tiring and busy as it was those four years? I remember hearing someone say they were told that life is only going to get more hectic from here on out, and I also remember not believing that person. I take it back. Not only are you either working or being a graduate student full time, but you are also juggling life changes, moving, career choices, relationships, money, and adult-like responsibilities. It’s just exhausting. What’s worse is that you can’t even afford Starbucks like you did in undergrad when you were still on your parents’ bill. Now Dunkin Donuts small coffees look better, or maybe even venture to the gas station if it’s a really rough month. At least all those late nights in undergrad were really just training for the big test. Although, those late nights were due to major procrastination, parties, or doing anything considered pointless yet fun. The late nights now are due to the lack of time in the day to get all your chores done and attempt to piece together your life.

  1. Fake it to make it

Don’t lie to yourself. You know you have all had an essay exam or a term paper that you just pulled stuff out of a certain body region and through it into the paper. Miraculously, you managed to get an above average grade, too. If this has happened, you have officially been deemed a faker (to-make-it). This little tactic will help you go in your post-grad life. You have to fake it to make it in interviews, on your resume, at internships where you have no idea what you’re supposed to do, and acting like your life is pieced together. When you run into old classmates and friends from college, you need to act like you have your stuff together; you can’t let anyone really know how panicky you are. I mean, I act like I have mapped out my whole life. Joke is on you, who believe me.

  1. How to properly be cheap

Raise your hand if you’re rolling in the dough. Smack whoever put their hand up! No one our age should be rolling in the dough. Or else you are doing life wrong. And cheating. It’s not fair. So stop. But for the rest of us normal-folk, we are a little cheap when it comes to spending. We know where the ramen noodle aisle is, we know how long our gas light can be on before the car just stops, we have Amazon prime to save on shipping, and we know where to eat based off what coupons we managed to snag from a school coupon booklet. It’s actually gotten to the point where we are so good at it that we should put it under the ‘skills’ section of our resume.

  1. How useless things really are

Not only are a majority of the classes we took in undergrad useless, we did not learn things we actually need to know in life. For example, what is a 401K? Or how does one take care of a home? Or what tax exemptions can we use? Or what budgeting our money properly? Instead we took easy gen-ed courses to keep a high GPA and not have to work very hard. Looking back, all those hours studying at the library and cramming in an essay before the deadline seem very useless now. Why did I care so much about Calculus or Statistics when Excel can just do all the work for me? Why did I write thousands of words on a piece of artwork just for a humanities? Internships, jobs, and graduate school give you more information on how to survive a career and life. Working and getting real life experience are so much more valuable and useful. At least it was a four-year long party in undergrad! Now to start from scratch….

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Lastly, I learned this. And by Vitamin C, I mean drinking some orange juice and saying a quick prayer before running across the street.

xOx

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