My Story

Everyone has a story and it’s usually my favorite part of a blog. It’s reassuring to hear that other people have had circumstances similar to mine and they made it out OK.

My story starts my 2nd year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I was elected vice president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club, joined the Relay For Life planning committee, got a job (or 3), and took a management class. Sophomore year was by far the best year of college. I did well academically, I lived with my best friend, got into a great relationship, and  thrived in the leadership roles and the time management skills they required. Most importantly, I realized that engineering was not the right career path for me.

Living it up sophomore year

Freshman year was filled with most of the mistakes a freshman makes I didn’t like the classes but I figured t would get better when I was done with the gen-ed engineering classes. I was wrong. I wasn’t passionate about the subject , and I felt duped by the difference between my idea of Biomedical Engineering and the reality of the industry.

Two problems came up when I made this discovery: 1. I didn’t have a back-up plan, I knew what I didn’t want to do but not what I did want to do and 2. My parents made it clear that RPI was for engineering, so changing majors meant changing schools. At the same time the economy crashed and everyone but engineers was losing their job.

After about a year of debate and lots of stress I choose to stick with BME. I would just make it work. So in May 2011 I graduated and started working as a Technical Writer.

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Everything was great until I needed to pay my student loans. I lived at home for a year, which let me make a dent in my loans.  But after a little over a year I decided that I wanted to get my own place closer to work and my friends.

It has been a confusing journey going from someone who always had a plan to someone who, for lack of better words, is winging it until they can find their niche. Fortunately I’m interested and ready to explore many options.

Welcome to the Post- College Dream

Post college life isn’t all its cracked up to be huh? We think it’s going to be working 9-5 at a job we love, making more than enough money. Weeknights would be spent at happy hours with cool friends that have jobs with perks they can share (Devil wears Prada anyone?). Weekend night would be spent acting like you never left college and weekend days would be spent catching up on your favorite TV shows in  your cute apartment.

In reality, it’s more like working 8-6 at a job you tolerate, making barely enough to be by after loan payments and bills. Weeknights are spent looking for a job you actually want to do and weekends are spent home (like parent’s house) because you used up your ‘entertainment budget Tuesday or at your second job so you can afford to not have time to go out.

But don’t lose hope! You’re not alone.

Everyone has a story and different circumstances that got them to their post-college life, but we are all in it together.

The purpose of this blog is to make you smile, maybe laugh, at the situations and challenges we are all going through. It will also provide some tips and tricks for the many challenges we face from  working in a cubicle to working (period), grad school, budgeting, friends, and relationships.

I’ll be honest and say that I’m scared of what’s ahead. I’m afraid I’m going to run out of money, or lose my job, or end up alone. I have irrational fears of choking while I’m home alone or having someone break in. But my biggest fear is not making it. To me, this move starts a new chapter in my life. It means I need to be self-sufficient, frugal, determined, and reliable to my family and friends as I discover my dreams.