When we were little, everyone knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some kids changed their minds every day, and some stuck with one solid occupation, which is how I was as a small child.
- Me – all ready for school….
Except for a short period when I wanted to be a truck driver, I always wanted to be a teacher…until my senior year of high school. Then I decided to completely switch it up and go with Marketing instead…which I think was a solid choice. I love my major, but there are so many different ways that I could use it…so over the last few years I have been slowly deciding where I would fit in the business world, and trying to determine what I would like to do for the rest of my life. I think I might have my future plans nailed down now, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t have enough time to ever do everything that I would like.
This summer I am going to start my first real person job, with the Orr Fellowship. In two years I will have the opportunity to stay with the company, leave that job to go to grad school, maybe move on to another company, or do whatever my heart desires. That is where I have a problem….because there are entirely too many things that I want to do. I’m that kid who has unrealistic dreams and ideas about what can actually happen, and it kind of scares me. Luckily, pretty much everyone is saying that Generation Y will change jobs/careers several times in their lifetime, so I guess it’s not too bad that I just want to do anything and everything. Here is what I am thinking for my potential future…in no particular order:
- Work in politics – for a campaign, a legislator, or as a lobbyist
- Work with economic development – preferably in rural areas
- Work in retail – preferably on the corporate level
- Marketing – since you know, that is my major
- Sales – preferably with consumer goods, and maybe some B2B
- Plan events…maybe weddings
- Start my own business…not sure what kind just yet
- Be an interior decorator…or flip houses….maybe just on the side, for fun.
And I think that is all….I think that covers everything that I would love to do with my life. The positive side to this all is that there are so many areas that I would be interested in pursuing that it will hopefully be easier to find a job whenever the time comes. And truthfully…I’m so excited for the future. Thinking about the possibilities that I have before me is just plain exciting…because who knows what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years….but I know that I will love it, wherever I am.
Tagged: career, future, Generation Y, jobs, LinkedIn, marketing, Orr Fellowship, politics, school, senior year, teaching
This is it. My last semester at Butler. Even though I’ve been a senior for awhile now…it feels strangely more official now that I’ve really had my last first day of school…ever. Most of my classes are only senior classes…so each professor is taking this last semester to teach us everything that we might need to know before we venture out into the real world. I appreciate it, but it just makes our future/the real world that much more real and imminent.
The one not-so-fun thing about being a senior is being asked over and over again… “So are you ready to leave? Are you sad? What are you doing after you graduate?” Fortunately, I have a job for after graduation, so that is a really positive thing to mention, but it is kind of difficult to concisely explain what my post-grad job is. As for the other questions, I understand why people ask them…all the time…but on this end…it gets old. So for the record….
Am I ready to leave Butler??? Nope. I like college a lot. And Butler has been the perfect place to spend my college years.
Am I sad??? Yes. Think about it…living in a house with 75 of your closest friends, putting off all real financial responsibility, going to class in your pajamas, living within walking distance of a Starbucks where you will always see at least one person you know, never having to cook for yourself, having social events to attend pretty much whenever you would like….college has been great. So I am sad.
- All ready for formal…one of the many things that I won’t have in my post-college life…
Throughout the semester I’ll share some more of my thoughts as a senior, because I figure that I only get to be a senior once…so I should make the most of it…right?
Every college senior’s biggest fear is that they will graduate from college and not be able to find a job. No matter how much you prepare for the real world, finding a job is pretty tough out there right now, especially for those of us that only have internships and part-time jobs under our belts. So whenever people ask us about our plans for the future…we have a quick freak out on the inside…as we imagine what our lives could become if we never found a job. For me, I always imagined moving home and crafting everything in my parents house, which I was kind of alright with…but I’m sure my parents would get tired of VERY quickly.
Don’t worry about my life becoming extremely sad and lazy though..because I officially have a post-grad job!
For the past few months, I have been applying for every job opportunity that was available…which really isn’t many, considering that it is December, and I won’t be able to start a job until at least May. The application process for the job that I accepted was almost two months long, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the finalists selected. So, this means that after graduation, I will be an Orr Fellow at BidPal Network, a company in Indianapolis. I could not be more excited for this new chapter in my life, and that I will have the chance to stay in Indy following graduation. I really do love the city, and I hope that I will actually have time to explore it when I’m not overcommited on campus anymore. Stay tuned over the next few months though, as I give you all the perspective of college life from someone who is officially employed. (Hopefully…it isn’t too different…I don’t want to get too lazy during spring semester.)
For more about the Orr Fellowship, check out their website!
Going to a school like Butler that is rather small has it’s pros and cons (as every school does)….but they are each pros and cons that I love. So, I thought that I would share some…
At a small school…
- You will be exposed to more diversity (personalities, values, hobbies, etc.) than you would be anywhere else. For instance…at big schools, people most likely have a small group of close-knit friends…but at small schools…everyone knows everyone. So you will be friends with a wider variety of people…which is really a cool thing when you think about it.
My roommates and I....we're all so different...but that is what makes us love each other so much!
- Your professors always know you. I personally love this, because I have really great relationships with a lot of my professors (beyond just knowing my name and major), but at the same time….this way they know when you slack off…and when you aren’t in class.
- There aren’t a ton of food options on campus, etc. This really stinks sometimes…like when it is snowing out and you don’t want to leave….or when you are lazy and don’t want to leave (this happens to me a lot)…but here…I think it is actually a positive. If we had more on campus, we would stay here. We would be comfortable….and nothing would ever force us outside of our Butler Bubble. But really…Indy is an awesome city with so many food, shopping, and entertainment options that I’m glad that I get to venture out a couple times a week at least.
So even though going to a school that is tiny compared to big state schools is kind of tough in the beginning…after awhile you actually start to appreciate those differences, like the things I just mentioned.
Once you arrive on campus and you move everything in, there is a point in time where you just aren’t sure what to do. Either you haven’t unpacked much yet, and you aren’t sure how/what to unpack, or you don’t know where to go or what to do around campus, no matter what, it is an awkward and difficult time for knowing how to handle your first few days at Butler. So, here are a few handy dandy tips for getting used to campus and getting settled in.
- Bond with your roommate. Even though you have probably already spoken to your roommate, use your time of getting settled in as a time to really break the ice, and work together for the first time to find solutions that work for both of you. For instance, you can brainstorm together about how to best set up your room, depending on your preferences, habits, and anything else important to you!
- Get out of your room. Getting to know your roommate is important, but even more important is making the most of your experience. So, get out of your room, and participate! Go meet some new people at Starbucks, go to the Mall to hangout, or find something else to do. I am definitely a homebody, but I love being social, so I have to sometimes remind myself that the best way to be social is just to be out and about on campus.
- Go to every possible Welcome Week event. There are so many, and they are going to be so much fun. So do EVERY one (but be sure to not drive yourself crazy…of course).
- Explore Indy. This city is pretty great, so go check it out! I did a series of blogs on what to do out and about in Indy….so give it a shot! See what this place is all about, and what kind of awesome shopping, museums, and attractions there are all over the city.
- Explore Holcomb Gardens. The gardens are one of the hidden gems of Butler University, so go check them out. I didn’t really know that they existed until a few weeks into my Freshman year, so go down there right away, and marvel at the beauty and at the awesomeness, that is right here on campus.
Mostly, just make sure that you keep in mind that this week is for you, the new students. The SOGs are all here to help with your transitions, so use us as resources as much as possible. We just want you to have a safe and healthy transition, and mostly, to LOVE Butler University!
As I mentioned previously, I did quite a few outreaches in the last few weeks for the 500 Festival. Outreaches are classified as any time that a princess goes out and meets with the public basically in any form. I did some in the Indianapolis area, and I organized a few on my own in southern Indiana. This way I had something to get up and do while I was at home for a whole week…ha, like I needed to find something to do..
I was most excited about just going to schools in my hometown, because unlike in Indy, we don’t hear about it all the time, and the hype doesn’t extend all the way down to the southernmost part of the state. So, I kind of took it as my job to get the kids in the schools excited about it, and also to inform them of many of the things they just aren’t aware of. I met with two groups of fourth graders, and focused on the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the race itself with those groups. In Indiana, fourth grade is when you focus on Indiana history, so I gave those kids a taste of Indiana history…just in a different way. I also spoke with the third graders from my elementary school, the kindergarteners from the school my Mom teaches at, and a variety of different classes from another school. The biggest challenge of all was tailoring the material to each group, because they each have such different personalities, so they all respond to things very differently. So, with the third graders I let them ask lots of questions (which were very insightful), I made sashes and pit passes with the kindergarteners, and did short and fun lessons with the variety of classes. This way, I could switch things up quickly and easily whenever it was necessary.
Even though working with so many different groups of kids all in one week was rather overwhelming, it was so much fun to get to see how the kids reacted to the poster I had with the cars on it, or what they said when I told them that the Indy cars go over 200 miles per hour. Sometimes you forget what it felt like to be a kid….and I loved being able to be reminded of that!
The fourth graders from my elementary school...