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I officially have one day of classes left and then they are making me put on a funny hat and walk across a stage to shake someone’s hand. Nope; they do not even say my name.

However, one ceremony is hardly what I have to show for four years at The Ohio State University. It went quickly but I managed to jam pack quite a bit.

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And thus, a list of how to do the college thing well.

  1. Leave your dorm room door open and live in a hall with communal bathrooms. When people pass by, you just might strike up a conversation you wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.
  2. Wherever you go, introduce yourself. You never know who you are going to meet.
  3. Take classes with friends. You’ll end up holding each other accountable and you can study together.
  4. Professors trump schedules. If you are between two classes and one is at 8 a.m. but the professor is supposed to be amazing, go for the good professor. They could end up changing your life.
  5. Get an internship. Any type of working world experience will help you to land another internship which will help you land an actual job.
  6. Figuring out what you don’t want to do in the future is just as productive as figuring out what you do want to do. It’s okay to be picky and it’s okay to not know. Everyone figures it out eventually.
  7. Work hard but play hard too. Let yourself have fun.
  8. Go abroad if you can. Spain was the inspiration for this blog and taught me how to be terrified in a productive way.
  9. It is okay to cry. Call your parents, friends, anyone who will pick up their phone and let yourself be sad or anxious or worried. Those moments build character and help you make life choices.
  10. Celebrate everything. A on a test. Finished with exams. Friends’ successes. Appreciate the fun stuff.
  11. Create a professional network. Collect business cards, meet for informational interviews, volunteer, do it all. You might end up working for one of those people later on.
  12. Get involved in anything that peaks your interest. Go to that campus involvement fair and put your name on every list.
  13. Capitalize on what you’re passionate about. Put your whole heart into something you love.
  14. Write down your memories and take photos. Put dates on everything. You’ll want to know later down the road what year that outfit was fashionable.
  15. Take the pressure off. People say that college is the best four years of your life. That’s a lot to live up to. Do more of what makes you happy but don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong if you have some stressful times.
  16. Find real friends. Find the people that will let you cry on their bed for hours. They are the keepers.

And as the nostalgia continues to hit home, I plan on living up these last couple weeks at Ohio State. And then it is off to the real world- or something to that effect.

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OH-IO

So you know that old hoodie that your mom has tried to throw out a million times because of its strong resemblance to a ratty old rag but you manage to rescue it from the trash every time because it’s the longest relationship you’ve ever been in and you just can’t let it go because it’s the most comfortable thing in your life? That’s my Ohio State.

I have been welcomed back with open arms into an apartment with four of the loveliest roommates a girl could ask for. I successfully moved in, went grocery shopping, prepared myself food, and made it to the first two weeks of classes (on semesters not quarters) and I’m heading in to week three raring to go. I will say that it has taken some adjusting but it’s just like putting on that old hoodie. It always welcomes you back with open arms.

My first apartment room

My first apartment room

The Spain chapter of my life, one that I spent so long preparing for, is over. Good to be gone, good to be back. And now operation job search is in full force. With an active Google search on the daily, I’m on a quest for career opportunities in the marketing, public relations and/or advertising field. Who knows where this quest will take me. But I managed to survive in a foreign country for almost four months so I’m up for any adventure.

As I use this last semester as a transition from college kid to big kid, I’m planning on soaking up some fun. Perhaps I’ll make a bucket list of undergrad “to dos”. I fully take suggestions.

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