Why so blue, you ask? It's a bit silly, I suppose, when you really think about it. It's just, I was on the floor for my first night of server training at my new part-time job, and the other servers were kvetching about how abysmal the tips are sometimes (hey, it's a college campus), and it just got me down. I know I'm lucky to have enough work to support myself. I just really wish I didn't need three jobs to do it.
Plus, returning to the food industry yet again feels like such a big step backward for me. I graduated from an excellent school, and I'm still struggling to get by with the job I was fortunate enough to land. Therein lies the problem with our generation: We were told that after college, the world would be our oyster. We'd have every opportunity imaginable at our very fingertips, because we'd be college educated. Maybe that was the case for our parents' generation, but from what I've seen in my life and those of my peers, it isn't the case for us. We're disillusioned, yada yada yada, I know. That doesn't make it any less of a struggle.
Sorry to get so deep and depressing here, folks. I write what I'm thinking, and that is what I'm thinking about
shirt and necklace: New York & Company
jeggings: Burlington Coat Factory
Wore this to meet up with a fellow OU journalism grad who also works in Columbus. It's funny, we graduated the same year, knew a few of the same people, were in the same school within the College of Communications and even had dovetailing extracurriculars (her student PR firm worked with my student magazine) but we never met! We got drinks at Bar Louie, over at Easton. For you non-Columbusites, Easton is a giant outdoor shopping extravaganza of amazingness. We talked for a long time and it was a great meet up!
It's weird to say, but I was a little nervous before I left the apartment (if my face doesn't show it). I've never been good at networking, mainly because I've never really done it before. I always assumed that networking was one of those meaningless buzzwords that get thrown around a lot, like "synergy" and "Oh, I suppose I'll just have one tiny glass of wine tonight." (Okay, so that last one doesn't fit, it's just my poor attempt at humor. I should just leave the funny to people who actually know how to do it.)
What was I saying? Oh yeah. Networking. It's fun, because you get to talk to people and have interesting conversations, which is one of my favorite things in the world. Which is why I'm blogging from Panera and can't stay away from Twitter for more than a few hours. (Thank god for smartphones, right?)