My Truth: Grad School

Going back to school has benefited me greatly, but the biggest lesson it's taught me is to always keep reaching for what you really want. If you are at a job you hate then create a way to make a living doing what you love.
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I graduated from Young Harris College in 2012. My family would ask me about my plans for grad school. I would look at them like they were crazy. I decided that I was never going back. It just wasn't an option. I was past being burnt out on school. I was charred from it like a piece of coal on the 4th of July. I didn't know what was next. I stayed positive and hopeful as I got interviews for jobs. Granted I knew nothing about them but they seemed like something I should get after obtaining my degree. None of those panned out.

I felt like crap. I was yet another person with a Bachelor's and no great salary to brag about. I wished I would have graduated during the days where that one degree was all you needed. I applied to over 300 places over the course of 2 or 3 months. I would get interviews here and there and get far in the process, but I never seemed to be good enough to actually get the spot. This had a lot to do with the fact that I didn't have much work experience. I had done things for family, but not retail or customer service. It was a privilege that I had and didn't realize until much later.
Finally I got a call from Starbucks. I didn't drink coffee and I was disappointed that I didn't get something amazing. I was hoping for some nice position at a magazine, but truthfully I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted. I worked there for 2 successful years and got to a point where I could physically feel that I needed to leave.

It was by chance or maybe just pure fate that I found SCAD. I would drive past it about 5 times a week on my way to Decatur and never paid attention to the building on the hilltop with a sign that read 'Ivy Hall'. Below it in smaller script it read 'writing center'. It piqued my interest. I figured it was a place for writers in the community. I looked it up and saw how much you had to pay. I thought it was a steep price to just write. And then on a separate day my sister and mom noticed it. I looked it up again and saw that it was a school. Ivy Hall was just one of its buildings. I still thought it was crazy to go back. Where could it possibly get me?

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Well, my first year as a graduate student of SCAD is done and it's gotten me far. SCAD has provided me so many opportunities and I have grabbed them like there were no other options. I get to write for this publication. I am able to because I met Arianna Huffington. How many people can say that? I got to do two internships with more to come. I interviewed with NASA. I got a job writing stories of any genre of my choosing which is a dream come true for me. I have gained so much knowledge. I don't feel lost anymore. No longer do I feel as if there are no opportunities I am eligible for that I would enjoy. I now know that there is so much more for me and it's not just because I went back to school. It's because I chose the best school - even if by accident- and I didn't just go to class and leave it at that. I continuously use all of the resources at my disposal and push myself to keep going.

Going back to school has benefited me greatly, but the biggest lesson it's taught me is to always keep reaching for what you really want. If you are at a job you hate then create a way to make a living doing what you love.

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