I realize I never posted a “My First Blog Post” or anything explaining my reasoning for creating The Subtle Art of Post Grad. Before continuing my normal posts I want to share the backstory on how I got here.
As a warning, I’m probably going to sound like a brat the first couple of sentences but before you roll your eyes just wait a little. I was fortunate to have a relatively easy four year college experience. I genuinely always enjoyed school so coursework was not a stress or task that I minded. The summer following graduation I moved to a different city, signed a lease and started a job that was within my major. I felt like I hit the holy grail but it took less than a month to realize: I was lonely, I couldn’t afford my rent and my job sucked.
I moved really suddenly so only my mom was able to help me move; which consisted of lending her SUV and begrudgingly sitting in the front seat complaining she is too old for shit like this. Not much could fit in her SUV so I was sleeping on an air mattress in a bare apartment and within a week at my small agency job I’m like, “WELL THIS SHIT SUCKS.” On top of the tasks being menial; I had even more restrictions and less responsibility than at previous internships. One of my responsibilities was answering phones; which meant informing a coworker when I would step away from my desk (yes, the restroom counts). They even went as far as having me travel 45 minutes away to drop off food in the snow for a client. I was also grossly underpaid considering I was living in one of the most expensive cities in the country. In short, I was miserable and really didn’t know much about the real world. I found myself crying in my job’s bathroom stalls quite frequently so needless to say it was only eight months before I bounced.
High School and college taught me a lot about unnecessary formulas, lab reports and literature that have escaped my memory. In my opinion, school failed to teach me the important aspects of life such as: credit, budgeting, mental health, quick meal prep ideas, interview techniques, balancing work/life and so on. With books, articles, Ted Talks, trial and error, and overall time…I think I’m starting to figure this “adulting” life out.
Which brings me here, if I had access to some of this information beforehand maybe I wouldn’t have made the same mistakes or been as miserable. So essentially, I created this space to share what I have learned in hopes that it helps someone improve any aspect of their life.
Welcome to the Subtle Art of Post Grad 🙂