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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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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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SnapChat Tips for Us Young Adults

The once oh so popular SnapChat has become an awkward, walking-photo-taking selfie mess. As we enter this adult-world, one must remember to precede with caution using that cute little white ghost app.Here are a few tips for you new working folk or you grad school folk.

1. Don’t SnapChat at work.

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If anyone walks around the corner when you’re taking that selfie, pure awkwardness will most definitely follow. If it is your boss/supervisor/manager that walk by right when you tap that capture icon, not only will awkwardness ensue, but a possibly reprimanding or questioning may come along with it. Another thing with Snapping at work depends on the type of work you are handling. If it’s a product or document that is private or shouldn’t been seen by the general public, don’t risk taking a photo of your lovely “working” self and accidentally capture that sensitive object/paper in with yourself. Your boss will definitely have a speech for you.

2. Stop with the selfies.

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Unless it is an EPIC selfie, don’t take one. I mean, seriously, we are mid-twenties and mini adults now. Exceptions can include a selfie with The President, a selfie with Jared Leto, a selfie with a cat that’s also looking at the camera, or a funny selfie like you pretending keep the Tower of Pisa standing with your hand. Other than that, cut. it. out.

3. Absolutely no duck faces allowed under any circumstances.

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First of all, the duck face is far different from a kissing face. Duck face = pursed lips that are also somehow sticking out. Kissing face = lips scrunched together (preferably with a hand sticking out of your chin to signify blowing kisses). See the difference, people? Plus a duck face just looks like bad Botox, which you should be getting at our age, or looks like an attempt to be Kim Kardashian, which you should also never desire to attempt.

4. Don’t Snap photos of alcohol.

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No one wants to see your trashy self at the bar holding up two drink cups and many more on the table in front of you; that needs to be left back in undergrad. Your fellow twenty-something-year-old friends don’t want to be reminded they can’t afford alcohol anymore or they themselves are currently inebriated and can’t even open the SnapChat you sent…they think a little white ghost is after them. So, unless it’s wine (which is always classy and acceptable) or free alcohol being distributed somewhere your friends can run to, then no alcohol Snaps. Which by the way, if free alcohol is happening, Snap everyone and Facebook it because you’ll become super popular within seconds. You’re welcome for that tidbit.

5. Don’t Snap a photo you wouldn’t want someone taking a screenshot of.

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We all know that awkward and dreadful feeling when we see one of our SnapChat recipients has taken a screenshot. “Um, what did I send them again?” or “Oops, did I send that to the wrong person?” or just plain “Well, that’s awkward.” So keep that in mind that the SnapChat gods have created the ability to take screenshots in their updated version. Oh, it’s all too real.

6. Lastly, don’t type a long message and put the stupid photo on a 3-second reel.

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We all have friends that do that (I include myself here). Don’t write a book on your Snaps. The 1-3-second options are for photos that you want to show to people but don’t really want them to get a good look at…which probably means you shouldn’t send it. You’ll only get a confused-look Snap back from your friend telling you to send it again. Cue the head shakes. And if you write a story for them, they focus on the words and completely miss the actual photo, which leads them to even more confusion. It’s a lose-lose at this point.

But, you can also ignore me completely and do all of these things. Don’t blame me though if you get in trouble at work, get confused and bored Snaps back from people, or when everyone just stops opening your SnapChats all together. That’s just embarrassing.

oXo

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