I’m not sure how many of you have gone back to Eugene yet, but it’s a surreal experience.
Being back on campus this weekend, I felt like I belonged but at the same time I felt like I didn’t. Jaded by the harsh world of volatile personalities and 40+ hour work weeks, the ideas of sleeping late or skipping class felt foreign to me. Though, it was only a couple weeks ago that I was part of this culture.
I like the drive and work of my internship. Spending everyday cultivating my professional skills my last term of college was an excellent decision. But there are some things I miss about being a student, namely the optimism.
Lately, my life has been utterly consumed with the impending reality of life after graduation. Finishing my online class, the internship, and applying for jobs, there hasn’t been much time for dreaming. The reality is exciting, but also a bit depressing. My expectations are low. I recently applied for a job in central Nebraska.
When I came in to the UO as a freshman, I had dreams of 16 million dollar salaries and sick Boston penthouses. The real world was a long way off and there were whammies to be had at Carson Late Night.
Being back in Eugene reminded me not to forget my dreams. Yes. I may want to bend and stretch time, own an eagle pug, and live in a high rise…and that all may not be possible. It would obviously rupture the cosmic forces of the universe…also aliens
My internship at the radio station is a taste of reality, but also a chance to see what dreams are most important to me. I recently realized how much I miss my video projects and how much I want a job that includes video in the future.
Maybe the working world isn’t all about being realistic or holding on to all your dreams, but using those dreams as a stepping stone to your reality.
“tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
PS: This is a great site I found for salary information. In case anyone wants it http://www.salary.com/