We should be She

There is a very important woman in my life; She has touched my soul. This is not about love, but about passion. She was born in a small town in Colorado. Her mother and father both loved her, but not each other and, like many young adults today, She is a product of divorce. Some would think that this was a handicap when it came to loving, but She has a heart able to love all, through all.

I met her at a little known college in Tennessee. She had a full ride on a soccer scholarship and I had a need-based scholarship. We were both there without the desire to be there. We had a passion inside us for something more than the education our parents forced us to get. So naturally, we connected. Throughout the time we spent together at college I would try to put myself around her as much as possible. She had this gift for bringing out your joy even in your darkest moments. She inspired you to do things, the important things. You could tell her “I want to help people someday” and She would give you her jacket just so you could in turn give it to someone in need. She wanted the world to become a better place without any recognition going to her. She was brilliant, beautiful and brave.

A lot of people talk about their dreams, but they excuse them until a more convenient time. “I will travel the world someday, but right now I need some work experience and money.” This is now my stalling tactic. However, She has always spoken about Africa and her wish to help the children there. If She was depicted well enough by myself in the earlier paragraphs, you should be able to guess where She is.

Africa.

She is helping escaped children soldiers pursue an education through WYET (World Youth Education Trust). Kony is very much alive and thriving in Africa despite the lack of YouTube videos. Currently, She is working to plant one of the first fully digital schools in East Africa! The school plans to offer each student a computer/tablet resource to be used throughout their education.  These students are former child soldiers with traumatic memories of war or abandoned children left to be cared for by strangers. However horrific the past may be to these students they also have dreams. Some dream to be teachers themselves, civil engineers or nurses. The start-up costs for such a venture is daunting to many, but not to Her.

She climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with 5 others raising $5,000 each, plus $7,000 donated by well wishers for the climb. The money goes straight to constructing the secondary school in Tanzania. This is where the students will learn. The classes with be taught by volunteers and a few paid staff. Most of the progress being made for these children is fueled by the passion brought forth by the wonderful people involved at WYET. She is involved with some very loving people as they help the children in East Africa. She seems to be drawn to the weak, the ones who need love most. I am truly blessed to call her my friend.

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Grad Blues

Are you smart, driven, and ready to start your career?

Join the club. The current job market is saturated with people who can’t afford to retire so you’re going to have to wait your turn. Or… You can strike out and free-lance, but then you are stuck with an unreliable paycheck. That is if you can find work in the first place. Enjoy Craigslist.

So what do you do now? You have that well-earned bachelor’s degree hanging on your wall (or in a drawer), but a degree just isn’t enough. Most of you should have some experience from internships, but a semester of getting coffee for a communications director isn’t quite what employers are looking for in a new hire. Nonetheless, it looks better than no experience. I am sure some of you out there have put down sales experience for your serving job at your local restaurant (smart move), but even you aren’t having luck.

Trust me, I know the struggle. I have a marketing degree and with three different internships ranging from 3 months to a year. I have been to 9 interviews, had four phone interviews, and even tried to work for free (another internship will help right?). However, I have had zero luck. I just heard back from an ad agency in Knoxville that looks promising. Hopefully, I will get an interview and wow them with my personality and experience. At this point though, I am considering Grad School. I really just need to take productive steps forward and job hunting on my grandparent’s couch is slowly draining away my spirit. I am sure some of you can understand that, probably all of you.

It’s not all bad though. I have spent a lot of time catching up with my family. I traveled to Indiana to visit my dad and I went to Florida to see my mom, Family is important to me so having the time to do that was great! I also spent a lot of time writing, which I have never really had time for with college and part-time jobs to pay for college. I am starting this blog as a way to utilize my creativity. Plus, I have been hiking like crazy and taking beautiful photos ( if I may say so).

So, if you are job hunting with no luck take this time to pursue your passions! Read. Write. Paint. Cook. Run. Travel. Whatever you passions are explore them. Explore yourself and find out who you are outside of the obligations that you have always had. You may find out something new and that could lead to a new career path that you never envisioned for yourself.

Push through these tough times and continue to educate yourself!