It’s a weird time of year. Holiday celebrations are history and the next long weekend is just slightly out of reach. Here we are, in 20-degree weather, constantly battling these New Year’s resolutions we’ve set for ourselves and our desire to curl up into a ball and hibernate for the rest of winter.
We’ve positioned ourselves for success in 2019 and now it’s up to us to follow through. Pat yourself on the back if you’ve made it past National Quitter’s Day (that was January 12th, by the way!) and forgive yourself if you haven’t been consistent. As long as you’re trying, you’re a step ahead of who you were yesterday.
Here’s to making it stick!
Your 20s to be team
“Applying to grad school was so emotionally draining. I was constantly dealing with rejection and looking for motivation to start the whole process over. Some of my application essays were asking a lot from me. “How have the influences in your life shaped you? How will you pursue your life’s calling?” How could I answer that when I was still figuring out what I really wanted to do? When I stopped trying to craft a masterpiece and put my most authentic self to paper, I came to find the answer of who I was and what I wanted in life.”
Hediya, 23, on finding herself in her grad school applications.
“Learning Persian opened up a window to my spirituality. Before this summer, I lacked any spirituality until I started taking Persian lessons, reading Persian articles and studying Persian-based literature. Al-Ghazi (Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, 1603-1663, a military ruler and scholar) wrote about attaining connection with the divine, which made me more curious about the big questions in life. However, finding my spirituality is helping me learn there are powers beyond me guiding my life.”
Ali, 22, on searching for a job and finding himself and his people along the way.
- For those who have trouble keeping up with their New Year’s resolutions (we’re guilty too ), here are ways to keep yourself accountable.
- Annual merit time is slowly creeping up and we’ve got some tips on how to confidently ask for that raise.
- New year, new grind? Job interviews can be stressful, but Lilly Singh makes it fun! Check this video out if you need a good laugh or while learning new skills to get that next job.
- Is grad school for you? Use this decision flow chart to figure out if “student” is a title you wouldn’t mind trying on again. 🤔
Let’s face it — January sucks. Sans holiday festivities, we’re turning to our current favorite shows for a little pick-me-up. Check out which “destinations” are our inspiration for when it’s too cold to go outside.
For this round, we asked ourselves: “If you had to work but didn’t need the money, what would you choose to do?”
Our favorite, and most relatable response, was from Amber, who said,
I would spend my time doing non-profit work that relates to education for incarcerated people, or volunteer for a community center for teenagers with a focus in theater and performing arts.
Got a burning question to ask? Need some advice? Ask, and we will answer!
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