Well, today begins the 10 day countdown until I graduate from Michigan State University with a BA in Marketing. I decided I would document the remaining days and how I feel about them.
I had my final performance assessment with my supervisor at work. He gave me all good marks, told me it has been a pleasure working with me, and said I will be an asset to whatever future companies I work for. Those were all really great things to hear. I've been working at the Help Desk since my very first week of college, so it has been a pretty big part of my life. I've met and worked with a lot of really great people there, and I'm going to be sad to leave. It will definitely be an adjustment not seeing the same people on a regular basis.
I only have one class today, it's my final Business Law class. I was kind of dreading that class at the beginning of the semester, but it has turned out to be one of my favorites. The professor has been really great. She's very knowledgeable and extremely passionate. I wish I had a chance to take more law classes, because they're actually pretty interesting. Maybe that could be a future career choice.
Right now, I would say I am feeling four things:
Relieved- This has been a really taxing and busy semester, so I'm glad it's coming to an end.
Excited- I am so close to finishing college! I'm the first person on my mom's side of the family to graduate from college, so she's really excited. I did it in four years, something not a lot of people are doing these days, so I'm pretty excited about that.
Sad- I didn't think I would be sad at all, but lately I've been realizing the things I will miss. I'm no longer going to get to see the campus on a daily basis. I'm also going to miss the people, friends and classmates.
I have a friend who is also a Marketing major, and we've had a lot of classes together. After our class yesterday, we went to lunch. Afterward, we realized that we no longer have any classes together; something we hadn't thought of. I'm hoping that we'll be able to stay in touch even though we're out of school.
Puzzled- With graduation being a little over a week away, I still have no idea what I'm going to be doing afterward. I've been applying at a bunch of places. I've heard back from a few, but they're mostly jobs I know I would go crazy in; mostly cold calling sales positions.
The thing is, I finally know what I want to do. I want to do some sort of Public Relations or Internet marketing. I know that I would be good at it, and I know that I would love it. The only problem is finding a job doing it. I'm going to have a marketing degree, but a lot of those positions prefer some sort of communications education mixed in. I've taken elective courses in communications, and I've always places a large emphasis on my ability to communicate with others. I've just got to find a company that will actually hear me out and give me a chance. You can only say so much with a cover letter and a resume.
Reasons I want to go into that type of work:
I really do love communicating. I love speaking, presenting, writing, meeting, collaborating, planning. Seriously, any situation where I get to interact with people, exchange ideas, and present information is an ideal situation for me.
I love learning new things. I'm the type of person that just wants to learn and know everything. Whenever something new comes out, I've got to be the first one to know about it. I can research anything on the Internet.
I love the Internet. I love the interactivity of the Internet, the information that's available. It's a very integrated part of my everyday life.
I love problem solving. I get great satisfaction from taking something that is directionless or a mess and turning it into something awesome.
That's about it for today. I'm going to attempt to post one entry a day until my graduation, just to document what's going on in my head. Only 10 days to go....