It’s only been three months since I graduated, but it already feels like a million years. My life’s now a spinning cycle of retail work and internship hours and awkward bus rides with an old dude two seats down who won’t stop staring. Fun stuff. Hard to believe a few weeks ago my life consisted of sorority events and essays I was definitely procrastinating on. But even though I suffering from senioritis and thought I’d thrown all my cares out the window…I think school affected me more in the long run than I was expecting. Which sounds totally stupid off the bat. Of course five years of college affects you! I learned so much from higher education and to say I’ve “changed” since freshmen year would be an understatement. But its one thing to have more knowledge and more skills after your degree. A thing you don’t expect? Your creativity getting messed with. I assume most of you reading this post are bloggers yourselves, or at the very least are “creative” kinda people (be it writing, music, whatever). And if you’re a creative person, you know how deeply connected you are to that special side of yourself. Imagination is a crazy, personal, wonderful thing. …But professors aren’t always down with crazy and personal. Following a syllabus. Sticking to outlines. Having the same 5 paragraph essay or Buzzfeed style listicle. I loved my college and learned a lot of great things from my classes, but after years of writing exactly what your teachers wanted, how do you remember what you want? I knew all of this in theory. But it didn’t become obvious until I started writing this blog. Here I was, with no rubric to follow, and half the time I didn’t even know where to begin. It was a wild feeling since I’ve always loved expressing myself and literally got a concentration in creative writing. But almost felt uncomfortable to put something out there that wasn’t totally ~neatly organized~. It was then I realized I had to unlearn how to write — which was a weird way of putting it, but true all the same. I had to strip away all the years of being told how to act, how to talk, how to be creative if I really wanted to get my own voice back. It’s been an awkward, uncomfortable process at times and I’m def still slowly changing.…

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Wow. Twenty-three. I guess my age doesn’t get a cool Taylor Swift song anymore since, like my roommate said a few months ago, “Twenty-three’s so old. That’s like the point of no return.” (Thx Whitney) Even though the creep towards my mid-twenties is happening a bit faster than expected, I’m happy to say it’s been going pretty good. And one of those good parts? Starting this blog! Since I’m kinda new to the blogging scene, I thought I’d celebrate my birthday today with a few fun facts about myself. Extra points if you’re a RL friend and actually know most of these. (;  — It’s a tradition in my family to have Gaelic names, and I was actually almost named Siobhan (sha-von). My parents ended up picking the “easier” name of Sinéad instead, haha I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. Like, annoyingly-complains-during-the-movies-about-how-Ravenclaw’s-colors-are-supposed-to-be-blue-and-bronze-not-blue-and-silver kinda nerd. I just got my degree in English, but I was kind of the worst English major ever??? I barely ever read but was the queen of absorbing the plot through class discussions. Thanks, fam. I’ve been with the same lovely guy, Teyvon, for 5 1/2 years now. We started dating senior year of high school! And fun fact within the fun fact: if I had gone to the schools I was “supposed” to go to (aka not private school / a school out of my district) I would have known him since kindergarten. Whoa. For my college senior project I wrote a short story titled “Orphans.” It’s pretty much about a brother and a sister who are trying to sell the childhood home they inherited from their dysfunctional parents. ~Supernatural hijinks~ ensue. (*gasp*) I’m a weirdo who just hates chocolate! I only taste the bitterness, none of the sweetness. Ew. I’m right-handed, but left-footed in soccer. Speaking of soccer… Despite playing it for 10 years, it actually wasn’t my favorite sport. That award goes to track, where I ran as a sprinter all four years of high school (and for one weird semester of college we don’t really talk about).  I’m a caffeine addict. I’m exhausted 98% of my life so I always need coffee. But spoiler alert: despite being a #basic blonde blogger girl, I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes (ever since they changed the formula). I know. Stop the presses. I spent all five years of college working at a taco shack on campus. And…

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Everyone’s experience after college is a little different. Some are chasing six digit incomes, others have a solid internship, and then…there’s a few of us spending a lot of time at home if you know what I mean. While my own job prospects are finally making a turn for the better, multiple weeks of unemployment is never easy. You’re freaked out about everything from rent to food to sorority shirt payments you somehow forgot about (sorry, Theta). It’s easy to feel like the world is falling apart. If nothing else, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. While there’s always overachievers out there who had everything planned out as soon as they snagged their diploma, some folks need a bit more time. For those of us in that weird in-between phase in life, here’s a few tips so you can stay motivated and optimistic: Make an attack plan. One of the weirdest parts about post-grad life is the total lack of schedule. You go from your last finals week – and having every last snack break and study session mapped out – to weirdly never-ending “free days.” At first it feels great! You have so much time for everything you forgot about during finals (like home-cooked meals…or showering). But suddenly all those days start to feel overwhelming as they slowly melt into one another. It becomes a slippery slope. One of the best ways to avoid turning into a summer zombie is to set up an attack plan. Having a few goals to check off each day makes you feel like you’re always working towards something. I personally had a small daily checklist with three categories: jobs, house, and blog. Every day I tried to apply to (at least) one new job, clean one part of my house, and make progress on my next blog post. Crossing off at least one accomplishment a day keeps your momentum going. Even if you’re still waiting to hear back from interviews or school apps, put your post-finals drive to good use! Have something to look forward to daily. If you got those summertime sadness vibes going on (*cue Lana Del Rey*) it’s important to have something positive in your life. And honestly, that “happy thing” can be just about anything. When I’m feeling my most stressed, I like to do this basic exercise where I think of one thing that would…

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