“It is possible to do everything right and still lose.” – Tony Calabrese
If someone would’ve told me this would be my life sixteen months after college, then maybe I would’ve skipped college altogether. Sure I made friends, joined a sorority, had fun and learned a lot but, looking back it just looks like a very bad decision. You see, I was convinced that just as graduating from college meant receiving a degree, receiving a degree meant getting a job.
Apparently, going to college only serves to increase your chances of getting a job. At least that’s what someone told me (six months after I received my degree).
My reaction was: WHAT?! You mean I spent four years and a bucketload of money to increase my chances?
I feel like the idiot who buys lottery tickets every day hoping to win the lottery because the instructions say “the more you play, the more chances you have to win.” I would call that guy a sucker. But if he spent the time, effort, and money on the lottery that I spent on college, he would be a winner ten times over. So who’s the sucker now?
On one hand I feel righteously angry about my inability to get a job in my field. On the other hand, I feel like a spoiled self-entitled brat demanding her way. And on the third hand (cause don’t we all need a third hand?), I feel un-Christian for not “waiting patiently on the Lord”. Mostly though I just feel duped.
At this point, Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism should just send me an email with “GOTCHA!” in the subject line because I got “got”. They got my time. They got my money. They got my endorsement of the journalism school. And I got nothing.
Ironically, during my senior year, I was chosen to be showcased as “The Promise of OU”. The promise! How ridiculous! If my life is the promise, then every prospective student needs to run the other way.
Of course, some people may think me ridiculous for assuming that college = employment. But that is exactly what we are taught or else NO ONE would go! And college does equal employment for some people. My problem was, I incorrectly assumed that graduating at the top of my class, having two prestigious internships, being published in national news outlets, appearing on Fox & Friends as a student analyst, being an RA, working at student media outlets, and having awesome work ethic would securely classify me as “some people”. Not.At.All.
This is a joke.
But the “if you go to school you’re guaranteed a job” idea dies hard even in the face of its obvious deceitfulness. Therefore, right now I am in the process of applying to two grad schools in hopes of (you guessed it!) getting a job.