1) “How’s the job hunt going?”
If the job hunt was going well, I would have a job and I wouldn’t still be hunting for a job. 😦
2) Are you paying back your student loans yet? Don’t you have to start paying them back soon?
What!? I have to pay them back? I had NO idea. Look, I get that your trying to be helpful, but in order for me to start paying back anything, I need some type of income. Also, since I am the one with the student loan, I think I have a slightly better idea as to when I need to start paying things back. I still love you, though! (especially if you’re giving me graduation gift$).
3) What are your plans now?
This is probably the most common questions asked of graduates and, although somewhat of a valid question, one of the most annoying. It’s annoying because the answers are usually obvious. Either I am going to look for a job or I am going back to school. In other words, in this moment, I don’t want to think about the looming real world problems. I want to enjoy what I have accomplished and bask in the congratulatory pomp. I want to let it sink in that I am the first Chacon to graduate college. I want to thank my family and friends who had to endure my 5 years of whining. I want to savor these feelings because I know there will be hurdles and heartbreak, but I’ll always have this diploma and these memories to keep my spirits high.
As I fester on my parent’s couch, eating their pita chips and abusing their air conditioning, it’s finally sinking in that I am a college graduate and it’s time to learn how to tie a tie and score that big boy job. Of course, I have been proactive and rather than just bum it for the month that’s past between graduation and now, I have been interning at WD, a tech company in Irvine. So far, it’s been a great experience and I’ve been learning a lot of things that will help me be a successful PR professional. However, this opportunity is quickly coming to and end (it’s officially over August 10). As my friends struggle to score fulltime positions, I am becoming increasingly worried that I won’t find a job and will be forced to go back to the call center job I am on leave from. While I am fortunate to have any job, I still don’t want to be forced back into a position where opportunities for growth are limited. On the bright side, there’s still about a month for me to land a job. Vacation is officially over and I’m ready to hit the ground running. 😀