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Wheelock College: Graduation May 2015

May 15, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

I am proud to announce that today, May 15, 2015 I have finally graduated from Wheelock College! I am the first one in my family to graduate from college and it is an achievement and dream that I am proudly to announce that it has come true. A lot of people say that college are the best years of a person’s life and I have to admit college was more of an self exploration and self change, according to my experience and thoughts, than fun and exciting. Don’t get me wrong it was fun and thrilling to explore the new independence from my parents and meet a lot of new friends, but the most part of my learning and experiences happened within myself and not with the friends I made.

Wheelock College Graduate!

Wheelock College Graduate!

The best times were the times when I gained new views on social justices, feminism and other controversial topics within the classroom and outside the campus. During these four years, I have learned to rethink, explore, and re-explore my ideas and views. I have never learned so much about my self in any other setting in my life and I have to say that it was thanks to the professors and staff at Wheelock College that enable me to explore and experience something new and different from my views and gave me a new gateway to the same ideas.

Aside from the discovery of new ideas and learning about myself, especially my passions and views, the teachers at Wheelock College are the most wonderful staff members and I will miss each and every one of them very much. I will miss a lot of professor who have pushed me to the fullest and challenge me not only in the classroom setting, but helped me achieve many goals outside the classroom. I will miss those teachers who were patience and understanding whenever I had a difficult time submitting an assignment and when I had a family problem that will affect my academic performance.

Lastly, I want to say to all the freshmans, sophomores, juniors, and soon to be seniors that you can do it! Graduating from college is possible if you put your mind to it and do not give up. I know some have circumstances that enable them to struggle through college, but don’t give up; the end of that dark tunnel is going to be the best day of your life. Talk to your professors, academic advisors and other faculty members whenever you have any problems or need some advise. You will see the different opportunities that will arise in your life as you see people are willing to help you achieve your goals.

I never thought that this day will ever come and 4 years of college went by so fast that by the time I realize it; it was graduation day.  Enjoy your time in college and never forget that you can make a difference in the world by being yourself and as Wheelock College’s mission statement states, “inspire a world of good” and create change by “improving the lives of children and families”.

Job Searching

May 8, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career

Once we reach adolescences, our parents are most likely encouraging us to get a part-time job. It is most likely that we would end up working in a retail store like CVS or Walgreens. The lucky ones would end up with a job that is more office like such as a secretary assistance or something in that nature. Once we reach college, we would like, as adults a more fitting job for us such as working in a library, or as a full secretary in a office.  There are others that like to look for jobs that are related to their major, so this way, they will have a feeling of their future jobs and/or gain more experience. Here are some good website where to look for a different jobs while in college and even after graduating college (yet, I believe the best way in getting a dream job is through connections, but as college students we are working on building that connection through out our college years):

Jobs and Internships

Jobs and Internships

Indeed.com: This job searching website is great for finding any kind of job from working as a waitresses to an accountant assistance. There are plenty of job offers and posting of jobs every day. This website is perfect for students who are currently in college or recent graduates and even people who just graduated from high school. There is a job opportunity for everyone, so people should take advantage of this amazing website.

Note: The key to getting back from a job is to have a great resume AND a cover letter.  A piece of advice, if you apply to numerous jobs at the same time and use the same cover letter then it is most likely that none will contact you back because a cover letter, as most of the people reading this know, is a introduction to your skills, but also your enthusiastic towards being part of their team, so information about their company is needed in each cover letter to let them know you really are interested in getting hired.

Monster.com: Another great website to search for a variety of jobs. There are millions of jobs posted every day in in this website, so if you want to look for a job that is related to your interest or major then this is a website to check out.

Internships.com: This website is more for internships than for a job offer, but may lead to a full time job offer after graduation. Internships are great for college students to gain experience that will help them after graduating from undergraduate. There are two kinds of internships, paid and non-paid. Some students aim for a paid internships, but I recommend a non-paid internship because it will show that you are doing an internships for the learning experience and not for the paycheck they are offering.

Jobs are important for college students because they help build connections  and are essential to gain more experience for the career that you chose.

Post Graduation Thoughts

May 8, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career, Colleges

I graduate college in 8 days, which is a very scary thought. It hasn’t quite hit me yet though, and I feel like it’s still months away from happening. My friends and I keep joking about stupid things and sort of pretending to get emotional about it, but none of us really wants to admit that we’re scared, nervous, and a little bit sad. Of course, we’re mostly excited, but I’ve never really felt the term “bittersweet” hit me more than at this point in my life. I remember the first time I stepped onto this campus so perfectly. I remember what I was wearing, what I was feeling, and how I saw life through my eyes then. It’s crazy to think that since that point a million things have happened that have led me to this exact position, on my free couch, writing this article…

graduation

graduation

I’m not scared to leave school for the traditional reasons that most people are. I’m not really worried about finding a job, or finding a place to live or any of that stuff. I know that things happen and that things fall into place. I’m mostly scared because school is what I’ve been good at my entire life and I’m not really sure how to live without it. I’ve been in school for nearly 17 YEARS, and because of that I have grown to love certain aspects of it. I love the uneasiness of walking into a class for the first time, the jampacked schedule, order, deadlines, final results, grades, learning, being confused and then figuring it out. It sounds weird but I have learned to love being in school, and I learned how to be good at it. I’m the type of person that NEEDS to physically write down a list and cross an item off once it is complete, the person that has to do things in a certain order without missing a step.

Here’s the thing I’m not so good at: Life. It’s like when they say you’re either “book smart” or “street smart”, and I definitely skew FAR to the book smart side. You can’t write down life in your planner, there are no guaranteed due dates, there is no final result or grade. I’ve been in school for so long, planning, meeting every deadline, that I’m afraid that I don’t know how to live life. Obviously I am going to get a job and probably move and start a life somewhere, but then what? What do I even know?

College has been my outlet for my need of order, predictability and comfort. When I graduate, there will be no classes at specific times, no Thursday nights that start promptly at 11pm, no final schedule dates to cram for. There will just be life. The most constant and scheduled thing in my life will be the time I go to work and the time I leave, and even that will change.

Basically, I am scared that I will be handed countless opportunities to do great things and experience great things but that I will push them aside because they don’t “fit” into my schedule. I don’t want my need of order and the expectations of doing “what’s next” to hinder my life after graduation. I hope that I can learn to live life, rather than just planning it out.

Being organized and planning every single detail certainly paid off in college, but how helpful will that really be for me in the real world? Hopefully I can trade my planner in for some unforgettable and “unplanned” experiences…

The Grown-Up World

May 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career

GraduationAs I’m about to graduate college in about a week, I’ve come to the realization that I will be entering the adult world. I finished my last exam yesterday and it was one of the best feelings in the world! I’m done with my undergraduate studies! What a huge accomplishment, especially at a military college. However, that night it hit me like a brick wall…I’m about to enter the real world and I will be on my own.

I don’t think that anyone can really prepare you for that moment. No one really tells you that you will be on your own figuring out your life and how to live it. Up until now you’ve had the comfort of a daily routine of school since you were five years old. Now you have to get a job, pay taxes, pay for an apartment, a car, insurance, groceries. You have to learn how to cook, do laundry, and find your way in life and there is nothing scarier than that.

When I came to that realization last night, I questioned whether or not I was ready. But are we ever ready? For me, I’m not a big fan of change. It scares me. Plus, I have the mindset that if something isn’t broke then why fix it? But at the same time, I think it’s the shove into adulthood that we all need. Since I haven’t experienced it yet, I don’t know what it will be like and they always say don’t let your fears overcome your ability to try something new. You have to step outside of your comfort zone in order to do great things and live your life and that is so important to remember. I think I often let my fears and insecurities get in the way of what I can do and I’m sure other people are the same way.

Once we overcome those insecurities and realize that, yes the adult world might be scary, but we all have to face it, then we can push forward and live the life we deserve. No one wants to live an unhappy life, but if you give up after failing so many times then you will be miserable. The quitters never win and the winners never quit. If anything else you always have to remember that.

So for all those seniors about to graduate you are not the only ones facing the anxiety of the adult world. There are thousands of others in the same position as you. We are all uncertain and scared, and if you aren’t then kudos to you! But for those of us who are, everything will work out in the end, as long as you keep trying. When you have admitted defeat is when you have let the adult world win. But just remember, it’s only as scary as you make it. Plus, you have to fake it till you make it! Confidence is key, but you’ve made it this far so there is no stopping you now!

#truth: What’s not to like at Pasadena City College

May 2, 2015 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

Everything always seems better in the beginning. Starting college for me was becoming an adult, becoming myself, and getting to make my own decisions. Pasadena City College was not my first choice college, but it is definitely a great start for someone looking to improve their grades or someone who is still figuring everything out. But before saying “I Do” to the acceptance letter, here are a few things I would change and a few things to consider:

 

1. When Your College Is Not Internship Friendly

 

I’m a lover of internships. I mean, who doesn’t love a great opportunity in a career setting? So mixing school and internship should be a perfect blend, right? Uhh… WRONG. At least at Pasadena City College, your internship needs in-country, in- state, and practically in-city (at least if you want credit for it, which we all would, right?). I was so excited when I got accepted into the Disney College Program and I couldn’t wait to work for my dream company. So when I found out that PCC offered an internship “class”, I was beyond thrilled to still be able to build my college transcript. Then, the class meeting schedule came out. #uhmmwhat? I was going to be in Florida working at Disney World for five months, how could you expect students participating in internships to come to a class? When I asked the professor if there was any way to gain credit for my internship, she responded by saying, “Apply to a college over there.”  And this was me: #wow #rude #unprofessional #byefelicia. With that said, if you want an internship friendly college, PCC is NOT for you. #iwenttofloridaanyway

 

2. When Your College Is Overpopulated 

 

Meeting new people? Heck yes! Having 40 people in a class? It’s possible. Pasadena City College is notorious for being overcrowded. It’s great at first because you get to meet so many new people, but you know its bad when your class is so large, that there isn’t enough seats. Education is something I pay for, so why wasn’t I getting it? It is difficult to learn when education isn’t personal. I practically had to wait in line to have my questions answered. I felt like my teachers hardly had time for me, and what student  PERSON wants to feel left behind? (And not pass a class?)

3. When You Don’t Graduate On Time… Because The One Class You Needed Was Filled

 

I think this might be a struggle every student deals with. Except PCC is notorious for it. This is another issue in overpopulation. I am in no way graduating any time soon, but I also know not to expect to graduate on time.   Many of the classes I needed just were not available because of priority. I wasn’t even able to get into my math class (which I needed prior to college math). #thestruggleisreal Many of my friends who go to neighboring colleges have had better luck getting the classes they need. HOWEVER, Pasadena City College has an amazing transfer rate… to stay or not to stay…