How I landed my dream job immediately after campus
My General View of Campus Life
I can generally say that campus life really shaped me into who I am today. Campus was a place where I learned more about life in general, rather than just being buried in books. A lot of what I know today came from what I got to gain from outside the lecture rooms. I have not been out of campus for long but I believe that the years I spent in campus were one of the best years of my life. In campus, I learned how to manage and live on my own self, without having to call home from time to time and asking for my Mum’s help. I learned how to save and learned to differentiate between needs and wants. With this kind of style, I can comfortably say that I never really had problems with how I spent my money cos I was able to limit my spending to what I really wanted. Of course there were moments of impulse shopping but I made sure that I didn’t make that habit. And to this day, I have been able to manage my salary well and live within my means. Also, I was able to know who my true friends are. I was able to understand that what matters is not a huge circle of friends. I learned to keep my circle small and to form meaningful and quality friendships. In campus, there is a lot of backstabbing and people are always looking to tarnish your name but once you understand that the picture that they are trying to paint of you is not the true one, you get to be comfortable in your skin. And once you understand the meaning of true friendship, betrayals do not really mean a thing. Obviously one will be hurt for a while but the moment you learn from it, life becomes much easier. Again, I got to learn that friendships are something that you need to invest in. You have to give in order to receive. I learned to always be there for my friends and not to expect too much from people yet I was not working hard enough on nurturing the friendship.
How I got to where I am today
As I always tell those who are close to me, I have worked very hard for what I have today. From going to good schools, getting internships and a job, it has been through hard work and prayers. Nothing has ever been handed to me on a silver platter. I am not one of those people who go to sit for exams without studying or go for interviews without preparing and going through a million sites that give tips on hacking interviews. But the thing is, I have never been one to give up. Challenges are my motivation. They can get tiring, very tiring, but the sort of fulfillment I usually get from succeeding is unthinkable. Also, I have always wanted to make my family proud. My success has always been their happiness and for me, their happiness has always been my no.1 goal in life.
My experience and the challenges I have faced
Being someone who has to go the extra mile to achieve something, I have come across very many challenges. From getting regret mails for jobs/internships that I was sure I would secure to having to let go of a very solid relationship. For example, in my new job, there is usually a lot to learn and working under pressure is always the norm. Many are the times that I have woken up in the morning and thought of quitting cos of all the pressure and feeling that I am not good enough at what I do. But once I have conversations with my seniors and managers, and I get feedback from them, I always get the motivation to face my challenges head-on. With this new job, I have learned not to take criticism personally but to use it to improve in my work and my relationships with colleagues and clients. About my relationship- it just got to a point that things were not working out anymore. There was no fighting or anything, but the connection wasn’t just there anymore. And from this, I got to learn that having a solid friendship with your better-half is a solid foundation for things to work out. Being committed to actually making the relationship work is another thing. But when things stop moving in the right direction, having honest communication as adults is the best way to either sort things out or walk away. I won’t divulge more about my relationship since I do respect what I shared with my then boyfriend but I do thank God that I got to share a part of my life and experiences with him.
Campus days are the best time of one’s life. Make use of this time to make the most out of your life. It is a time where you can make choices that you can be proud of later in life or make choices that you will regret. And even if the latter happens, learn from it and move on. Life does not give you a chance to wallow in sorrow, good things will pass you by if you do so. Enjoy life- go for road trips, party (responsibly) with your friends, engage in community service and establish meaningful relationships. Also, always make time for family. These are people who will forever stand by you no matter what. Love them and do meaningful things for them. Most of all stay close to God. He will help you make the best choices in life. There’s nothing that gives me contentment and peace other than knowing that I can take it to the Lord in prayer, and just like that, all my problems go away. It may take time, but they all go away.
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