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  Age: 22 Graduation Date: 2013 Major: Management School: University of Massachusetts Amherst Current Position: Corps member, City Year  


Q: What was your biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world”?

My biggest fear about leaving college and entering the "real world" was choosing the right path to start my career. During college, the path is already detailed through course requirements needed in order to attain a degree. Leaving college was like taking the training wheels off my first bike, it was time to take full control.
Leaving college was like taking the training wheels off my first bike, it was time to take full control.

Q: What five words would you use to explain your job search as a recent grad?

Exciting, nerve-wracking, tiring, promising, deliberate.

Q: What is it about your situation now that makes you a happy grad?

I loved my time at college, and thought I couldn't find a better niche. But since starting my first year of service with City Year Boston, my quality of life has increased tenfold. I live in a great city and have an endless list of new friends, but my greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that the work I do every day is valuable.

What are the best things about your current role?

One great thing about being a corps member with City Year is that the role is so dynamic! Each day brings new challenges that provide me with the opportunity to apply my knowledge and prior training while sharpening new skills that I will use throughout my career. The best part is that my work as a tutor, mentor, and role model allows me to positively impact the lives of students and my community.

Q: What advice would you give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love?

Hit the ground running. Before graduating you should be planning your next step and the next step after that. You should have a goal in mind and a plan for achieving that goal. Don't be afraid to try new things and to take chances—you never know what could come from it!
Don't be afraid to try new things and to take chances—you never know what could come from it!

6. What are some of the best things about being a recent grad?

The best thing about being a recent grad is knowing that I am beginning a new life, and that my next steps are up to me to decide. I know that the professional decisions I make now directly affect my life and others around me, especially as a City Year corps member.
The best thing about being a recent grad is knowing that I am beginning a new life, and that my next steps are up to me to decide.
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