Journey to the Real World

By Taylor Mead, Regular ContributorSeptember 20, 2015

As my first semester of senior year begins, I become more and more anxious about what my future may hold. After twelve years of schooling (excluding pre-K and Kindergarten, of course) and then college, nothing sounds more terrifying than the constant reminders about being “out in the real world” soon.

As college students, especially ones approaching graduation, we have this unbelievable pressure to make the most of our time with friends, family, and clubs, yet still manage jobs and internships to prepare us for this “real world.”

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of being unable to get a job after graduation, but I do know that no matter where I end up, I have worked and done everything I could in order to get there. I should be very proud, as we all should. Between balancing schoolwork, on-campus jobs, off-campus internships, friendships, and my boyfriend, things have definitely been, and will continue to be, crammed to say the least.

If we can take on the ups and downs of college and the stresses that come with handling various jobs and internships, applications, and studying, we should be able to say, “BRING IT, real world. We will be successful and we will be able to handle you because we are smart, talented, and gifted, and we have made it to this point in our lives for a reason. We worked hard to get here and we will work hard to get there. Wherever “there” may be.”


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And as of right now, I don’t know exactly where “there” is, but that’s okay. I’m still finding out what I love, learning what I can manage, and discovering what I loathe, but those are all important parts of being in your twenties, and maybe even thirties.

What I can tell you is that making mistakes and learning from them, deciding what you like, and even more importantly, what you don’t, is what will make you that girl.

One thing I do know is that all of the steps I take will lead me to where I want to be, even if there are a few stops along the way. Because what makes a journey successful isn’t where you end up, but how you get there.

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About Taylor

TAYLOR_MEAD_writer_bio.jpgTaylor is a rising senior at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York where she is studying Communication & Media Studies with a Journalism concentration and a Spanish minor. When she's not writing or editing for class and extracurriculars, you can find her spending time with friends and family, participating in activities with the Smart Girls Group at Fordham University, or eating. Her passions include writing, volunteering, and empowering young women to be their best, most confident selves. 


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