Hooray! Also, what next? For many, it’s a troubling time of rediscovery. Luckily, there are thousands of people making their living by designing scalable vector graphics. With the help of these visual aids, we’ve outlined a sneak peak of the tumultuous journey that lays before you.
If you weren’t so lucky to land a job the week before your commencement ceremony, you’re most likely regrouping at a friend or family member’s house until you’ve settled on your next move. Surrounded by the totems of your youth, you’ll find yourself checking for monsters in and around your bed. There’s really no point—the monsters live inside your head now, and they’ll follow you from this home to the next.
It may be a stretch, but this is a metaphor for all those moments you’ll find yourself scrolling on Facebook between intermittent uses of the Easy Apply function on Indeed. Instead of the typical pregnancy or marriage announcements that once flooded your feed, a new theme arises. Every one of your distant acquaintances has landed a job at Amazon or Apple. But, you’re last in line. The bad news: Rubbing your temples in frustration is multiplying the number of wrinkles on your forehead. The good news: There has and always will be beer.
The view isn’t so grand once you’re forced to abandon your glass tower. You’ll have to compromise on your values. Though, you could purchase a glass straw and refuse one-use containers. When dining out, bring your own tupperware in case you’ve got leftovers. This will ease the pain when you land a 9-5p with less than scrupulous principles.
Life’s a broken record. Get used to hearing the word ‘maybe’ which could lead to the dreaded ‘no.’ Much like that time your parents hinted like crazy that they’d get you a Lite-Brite for Christmas, but at the last minute they changed their minds and got you a knockoff instead: Glow-Bold. None of the pegs fit quite right. In the end, all that energy you’d spent wanting and waiting was a waste.
At the end of the day, we’re all just dabbing our way through this crazy lame block party called life. You don’t even live in this neighborhood — you just figured this was as good a place as any to blow off some steam before your next phone screening.
In college, you took on a shocking workload and finally made it out with a diploma — we’re proud of you. You might’ve earned your degree in a field you aren’t crazy about to make yourself more marketable. But now, more than ever, balance is key.
Read Heart of Darkness. Call a distant aunt. Borrow your neighbor’s shovel and dig a hole halfway to China.
In the long run, cut yourself some slack. Eventually, that recruiter will call back, and you’ll end up spending more of your time at a job than your home. Relish the search while it lasts.
This article was written by Holly Ratcliff who has scoured the depths of the internet in search of a free-to-use Pekingese vector and succeeded. Holly studied poetry at Texas State University. Her literary research is available through the Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal: “‘Too much water hast thou, poor Ophelia’: An Object-Oriented Reading of Hamlet.” Twitter/Instagram: @HollytheHare