Senior year of college for me has had its ups and downs, but mostly ups. I’m getting to graduate! (up) I also have to find a job and ‘adult’ very very soon (down). I was able to find some time out of my weekend to take some photos with the lovely Nikki Gholson and it made me realize we only have about a month to go! Below I have listed the top 5 personal pep-talks that have kept me going.
1. “You do you, boo.”
I picked this up from one of my classmates who tells me this whenever I question my judgement in design. It can be hard to be confident in making big decisions, not just on a project, but also in new career decisions. Something that has resonated with me recently has been the fact that everyone in college will eventually pave their own path. I realize that my strengths are very different from someone else’s strengths, so it’s difficult to predict success for each person. It’s hard to imagine today that every student who sits with me in the same classroom each week could be living in a different city, or working a different kind of job (sometimes not even in design) a month from now. The best thing I remind myself is that we all have our own direction, so focus on the individual work and figure out your own path.
2. “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”
It’s a fact, some days are just the worst and nothing turns out how you planned it. Juggling final projects whilst looking for a job and reassuring both friends and family that you know what you’re doing can make the college process seem endless and overwhelming. For me, there may be a laundry list of things to get done in a day and I only accomplish one of them. As a result, I have had to make sure I don’t blame myself for not accomplishing everything. One accomplishment is better than nothing, and simply readjusting for the next day will ultimately move me towards a less stressed, more self-caring mentality.
3. “Hustle hard, and be nice.”
I like the word “hustle” because it gives a sense of urgency and drive. Everyone has a story to tell. I have found the most unlikely contacts in people who I’ve simply had random conversations with. Taking the time to get to know different people in your life and working hard alongside them goes a long way to finding a fantastic supportive network. This doesn’t mean to constantly be on your toes for the next available person to befriend, but realizing the value in the people you already know can go a long way in opening new opportunities.
4. “Show up every day.”
This is a dub to a line from Sean Wes, who’s podcasts I’ve been listening to recently. He has some great viewpoints about how to play the long game and explains how working hard now is so important and will ultimately pay off in the end. Never give up, and always know it will be worth it in the end.
5. “You’re gonna be just fine.”
Sometimes the stress of college makes me forget to breathe. Everything is spiraling and I’m convinced things may never work out. I’m realizing that it’s okay not to always see the light at the end of the tunnel. Having confidence in my work and showing up every day will go a long way to succeeding. Opportunities come at the most unexpected times, so I remember not to sweat the small stuff and know that it will all be alright in the end.
» For more amusing and relatable ponderings check out this Buzz Feed article that inspired this post.