Making Each Day Count

The last few weeks seemed to have crept up out of nowhere. It seems like we just started this experience not more than a week ago. That being, I feel as if I now understand what my parents meant when they said, “these years are going to fly by faster than you know it.” I sometimes wonder if that expression is a prelude to the rest of my life? If so, then I need to remember to experience life in-and-outside of work

Similar to most of you, I have been caught up in my own whirlwind and overstressed myself out with a laundry list of questions. What’s next? Do I stay in Portland? Who’s hiring? These questions have made me take a step back and really reevaluate my life and where I want to go with it.A-College-Graduates-Guide-to-Starting-a-Career1

I was determined to find these answers to put myself at ease but gave myself a reality check, as I knew there really weren’t any predetermined answers. I just need to take a deep breath, focus on the task at hand and “kick butt” in everything I do.

I hear people talk about the “glory-days” being a thing of the past, but I’d like to stress that this applies to life after college too! So lets not downplay how far we’ve come! This is a time to look forward to and be excited about. We are so close to graduating and have so many opportunities ahead of us.

I for one am excited to see what the next chapter of my life reveals. I just need to remind myself that as I embark on the job hunt to stay composed and collect my thoughts by running-club-620x200running in one my favorite spots around Portland and hone in on what I want to communicate to a potential employer.

Natalie Kelley

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4 Responses to Making Each Day Count

  1. This is such an inspiring post! I know so many people who believe that their “glory days” are over the second the pack up their last college apartment. SO NOT TRUE!

    I truly believe you can live the glory days your entire life if you so choose. Some people travel the world for five years or more before they find another passion that calls them away from vagabond life. Some people find a kick ass job in a city they really love and spend time learning the proper work/life balance and finding their place in the city’s community. Some people make huge life changes and begin to pursue a career entirely unrelated to what they studied. In every case, the possibility for fun, personal growth and amazing memories always exists. The glory days are only over when you let them end. We’re all strong independent people and I know that each and every one of us can chase after the life we want — and achieve it!

    Now may feel like the time for stress, but I truly believe it’s the time for exploration, growth, adventure, risk taking, relationship building, and determining what you’re passionate about — both in your career and your life in general 🙂

  2. I was so happy to briefly meet your parents the other day! I can’t believe you ended up buying the graduation dress I had just returned. How ironic! I feel like I just met you, but at the same time I feel like I already know you so well. I will truly miss these glory days that they have all told us to hold and cherish as much as we can. It is so scary to think that we don’t have anything set up for us after this. We pretty much always have and now we have to figure it out, but at the same time the fact that it is now in the palm of our own hands, I am so excited, but also so anxious. Hopefully you stay in Portland so we can keep in touch after the program ends and discuss what its like being an official PR pro! Cheers! See you at Sasquatch!

  3. hansonlauraj says:

    Thanks for the great post.
    It’s hard to think about the freedom of life after graduation, but it’s definitely important to realize that there’s no such thing as the “glory days!” Life is what you make of it, etc.
    I hope you’re able to find some peace and relaxation in the weeks to come–you have big things ahead of you!

  4. davidhamernick says:

    Haha I literally “loled” at the article about life after college. I have to agree that I truly do feel sorry for anyone who says college was the best days of their life– sure it’s a lot of fun and you meet a ton of people and learn new things, but the really exciting part is yet to come. You’re totally right, we can’t plan every aspect of our lives so we have to prepare for it the best way possible: by doing our best right here, right now. Great post, added some much needed perspective.

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