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falling

Chloe Gordon

You know what absolutely no one talks about?


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Life.


I mean, I guess it is pretty hard to talk about considering everyone has different experiences and stories. But here’s the deal, no one, and I mean no one, talks about this awkward stage between college and real life.


Every single (new) alumni that I’ve spoken to feels lost. Whether or not they have a job already, whether or not they're on their own financially, whether or not they got all A’s or failed some of their classes. Everyone is lost.


I swear it’s because professors, parents, and mentors, at the end of our careers as students, forgot to tell us what it’s like to start from the beginning. I’ve been meeting with a lot of people who are where I’d like to be professionally one day and I’ve been asking them all how they started. What was their first job out of college? Is it wrong to turn down your first job offer if it’s not the right fit? How do I know that I’m good enough to go into the career path that I’ve been studying for the past four years?


How do we do life?


Sure, these are broad questions, but, speaking for myself, I kind of feel like I’ve been pushed off an extremely large cliff and I’m still falling. Graduation wasn’t a walk across a stage, it was a push off a cliff. I don’t think I’ll stop falling until I find my first job, am financially stable and am just doing it. I might not even recognize when I stop falling, but I’m sure it can’t be too far away. Right? Right?

Right?


In the meantime, I’m spending time with family and diligently searching for a job. I constantly keep reminding myself that I can do this and everything will be ok.


goodbye and good luck

Chloe Gordon

Woah. I have one college class left in my entire career as an undergraduate student. One. 

How did this happen? I remember moving into my dorm room like it was quite literally yesterday. 

I remember calling my mom the next day crying because I was homesick. I remember the first time I ate alone in the dining hall, I remember the first time I dropped my tray in the middle of the dining hall, I remember belly laughs in the dining hall with friends that I had just made. 

College has been a whirlwind. It has been the fastest four years of my life. I don’t want to speak too soon since I’m still decently young, but it’s been the best four years of my life. 

I would love to write a post about all the things I’ve learned while I’ve been in college but I feel like it would turn into more of a novel. If I had to write my top three biggest lessons though they’d be as followed: 

  1. Be kind to everyone. That random kid in your required math class could be the son of the CEO who you want to work for. College has this weird way of bringing the right people to you so be nice to everyone because you never really know who anyone is. 

  2. Enjoy every little moment. People always say that college flies by but you’ll never believe them until it’s the last week and you only have one class left and you don’t know what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. The little random spontaneous moments are the ones that you’re going to remember the most so live it up. 

  3. Do your homework and go to class. It’s easy to forget why you’re actually at school, but in case you forgot, it’s to learn. We’ll never have this amazing opportunity to fill our minds with whatever we want to learn about. 

I feel like every time someone from class says “goodbye and good luck” I could burst into tears. Moving on is hard, but it’s also so extremely exciting.

Thanks for reading.
xox
Chloe 

the little things

Chloe Gordon

I saw this quote yesterday that stated, “What is the smallest thing that you are grateful for today?” 


And then I had an epiphany. 


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Well, not the kind of epiphany that Homer has in the Simpson’s Movie (the best cinematic scene of all time, in my humble opinion), but literally something five notches below that on a scale from average to Homer Simpson’s epiphany. 

I think we all try to make the most of our days. We feel most productive when we’re doing more, finishing more projects, working out more minutes, eating healthier. Whatever. The more we do in a day the more we feel accomplished. At least I do. But the more I do in the day the less I have time to focus on the little things. Sometimes these little things are the most important.

Brace yourself because I’m about to get as cheesy as the literal cheese aisle in your local grocery store. 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

But after I read that quote yesterday, I started noticing the little things. 

I realized how good my canned chili was. 
I noticed how awesome my co-workers are and our relationship is. 
I remembered that my laptop still works even though there were a few hours last semester that it wouldn’t work after I spilled water all over it. 
I realized how lucky I am to watch the sunset on my way home from work. 

Sure, it’s important to get shit done, but it’s also important to recognize the little things during your day and how grateful I am for them. Those little moments, when noticed, can add up and make you feel so warm and fuzzy and happy and lucky and alive. (heh, there’s the cheese I warned you about)

Anyways, thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day filled with little moments of gratefulness. 

xo
Chloe