#Podbyky Epi 9 “Surviving Life After College”

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On this episode of Lifestylebyky Podcast, I talk to Sharee Hereford, of DormRoom Tv and we chat about our experiences after graduating from college. I remember as soon as I graduated, someone asked me, “So What’s Next?” I was so taken back by the question, primarily because it was my first day back home from college, so my sentiments were can I just  enjoy this moment.

Sheree and I swap stories of the struggle of finding a job, settling for jobs that were not aligned with what we wanted to do, and how all of those opportunities, post college, ultimately leads you to  finding yourself and your purpose.

Feel free to comment below if you relate.

Hope you enjoy.

Links to everything Sharee has going on, that was mentioned on the Podcast below:

Dorm Room TV

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | Snapchat: Dorm Room TV

Sistah Girls Book Club FB group (online book club)
Twitter | Instagram | Snapchat: SistahGirlsbc

 

Mason Jar Fun!

Mason Jars

Mason Jars can turn any event into a festivity. What that basically means is they’re totally fun! My friend had a Graduation BBQ recently and we decided to invest in the Mason Jars. They would be the “thing” everyone would want to have while at the party and could take home with them as a souvenir. I found a pack of 12 at my local target for just $10.00

http://www.target.com/p/ball-1-quart-32-oz-regular-mouth-canning-jar-set-of-12/-/A-12911372

They were small jars, specifically for pickles and canning other liquids and foods but they ended up being perfect. With the addition of a decorative straw and a sticker on the front where guests could write their names on it, these jars were a hit and can be great for your next shindig as well.

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4-Years!

4-years ago I graduated from college. Unlike my peers I was not happy about this accomplishment. During my senior year I applied to Teach for America and did not get in, which wasn’t much of a surprise. Teaching was not in my destiny in this context (I later became a Sunday school teacher which was more aligned with my purpose), but what the application process of Teach for America did reveal to me was how much debt I accumulated during my four years of college.

When I saw all those zero’s, I couldn’t believe it. I cried, screamed, yelled, and resented my degree. I resented everything it stood for because the knowledge that I gained in undergrad wasn’t worth that kind of money. I wrote to President Obama because the government was also on my angry list. I couldn’t believe we lived in a country where an education, to ultimately make a decent living could be so expensive, especially when there are countries like Sweden, Denmark, and even Germany that sponsors their citizens college education. The President responded but clearly there was nothing he could do.

When I walked across the stage I reluctantly took my degree. A few days later, I packed my bags, got settled back into my apartment in Brooklyn and began to search for jobs. I felt like I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I only had until December to figure out my life or else I would be in big trouble with those loan sharks. I applied to jobs daily. I was desperate willing to take on anything, but what I noticed was that a lot of these positions wanted people with 1-3 years experience. Immediately, I felt like I hit a wall. Finally I decided to put my life in God’s hands. I prayed for miracles, started going to church and most importantly living my life and taking advantage of this time off. I started to volunteer. I worked for Catholic Charities for 2-months until I was offered a paid position there. My starting salary would be $26k. I remember being so excited when they gave me my offer letter. I called my mom and told her my volunteering efforts landed me my first job. Continue reading “4-Years!”