What do you want to major in?
What do you plan on doing with your degrees?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO NOW?
These are the infamous questions. We first hear them when we are young and are minds are ripe with enthusiasm to be anything we want to be. We can work hard and dream big and eventually, we will live the dream we always wanted.
As time goes on we need to answer more specific questions. Money becomes more of an influence in our dreams than we ever intended it to be and slowly, are dreams are becoming less enthusiastic and more "realistic".
I'm part of the new generation of college graduates who are STUCK. Were stuck trying to figure out what are dreams are. If those dreams fit into what we can actually, really become. And if it is even important to dream anymore, because in the end, we all just want jobs so we can pay our way out of the inmense debt we got into. I'm part of the fresh group of dreamers who is slowly losing hope and tired of answering questions I don't have the answers to.
Although, thousands of workers are losing their jobs each day, being a college graduate with no job, or no job besides part-time can-barely-pay-the-bills-work, is greatly disheartening and discouraging. I'm told to "think positive" and never stop applying. Yet, in the meantime, are these positive thoughts and ceaseless resume attachments going to keep my cell phone activated?
I'm tired of struggling to stay afloat. I'm tired of wondeirng what I should be doing different. Of wondering what I should do next, go back to school? Keep trying to find another part-time job to make ends meet and in the meantime keep applying to "career" jobs? In short, I just don't know. And I know there are tons of recent college graduates and soon to be college graduates that will be in the same position as I am. But it just doesn't make it less lonely.
Please, Obama, find us jobs. Give us this hope and change....sooner rather than later. We work hard. As do the thousands who are losing and have lost their jobs.....we work hard. And we all have bills to pay too.
Until I find an answer to some of those most difficult questions, I'm going to stick with just wanting to work hard and gain experience. Because, truly, isn't that what we want and what we expected? To graduate and be able to start somewhere in some company that would one day lead us to major success and major life experiences and, please God, lots of money? These are my dreams, and I'm pretty sure your's aren't too far off.
Stay strong new graduates. And just remind yourself when you're feeling most down, you are not alone.