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Preparing for the Real World

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By BookRenter Business Development Associate, Elizabeth Schwandt
Elizabeth has a BA in International Studies and Environmental Science and a minor in French from Miami University of Ohio where she graduated in 2010. Elizabeth recently moved from Chicago and currently lives in San Mateo, CA. She enjoys the Bar Method, spinning, speaking French and reading.

This post is the second part of Post-Grad Life by Elizabeth. To read part one, check it out here.

Thinking about college graduation is… depressing.

I know, I’ve been there.

I loved being a second semester senior. I was only taking one class that I needed to graduate – my other three courses were just for fun. In anticipation of graduation, I was more concerned with spending time with my friends, going to my favorite restaurants and attending 90’s night at the local bar. Instead of worrying about the fast-approaching graduation ceremony, I spent my time enjoying my last weeks in college.

Who wouldn’t?

University career centers can be an invaluable sources of help for graduating seniors. Photo by Saint Louis University Madrid

As I reflect back onto my last few weeks of college, I have only fond memories. But in addition to attending hockey games and sorority events, I wish I had thought about my future, and my plans after graduation. I’m sure many of you are like me, in that you don’t want to spend your last days in college worrying about your future. However, I soon realized that enjoying your last few weeks in college is just as important as figuring out what you’d like to do after graduation.

For those of you college seniors who have an easy last semester or quarter, I would highly recommend that you start to think about what you’d like to do after college and get a head start on applying for jobs.

  1. Take advantage of your Career Center while you are still in school. They have great contacts at many companies, and can also help you with fine-tuning your resumes and cover letters.
  2. Reach out to your favorite college professors. They were once in your shoes, and may be able to give you some advice about how to start down your career path.

This will help you avoid the inevitable post-college slump, as well as get you on the right track towards a career.

While applying for jobs or internships, keep an open mind. Applying for jobs or internships that are not necessarily in your field of choice doesn’t matter, as long as you are getting experience in the working world. Also remember that you don’t have to keep your first job forever. This is just the beginning of a new chapter…

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Diana’s Top 5 Summer Reading List

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Written by Diana F, staff contributing writer

Summer is approaching and as a self-proclaimed bookworm who loves to read, here is my top 5 summer reading list for you. My list covers a mix of titles for recent grads, self-improvement seekers and those who just want to relax.

I hope you enjoy my list. Leave a comment and let me know what you think after reading them. Happy reading!


1. StrengthsFinder – Discover your strengths

This book focuses on identifying your top strengths and gives you perspective on how to use and improve those strengths. If you are someone who is all about self-improvement and wants to understand how to use your strengths in career growth or team environments this is a great book.

2. Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business: The Story of Clif Bar & Co.

A great read for students and recent graduates who are looking for a job. An amazing story about the growth and commitment of a company. If you aren’t a fan of Clif Bar – they make Luna bars too!, you will be after reading this book. I suggest you note what corporate values you appreciate the most about Clif Bar and create a list of these to include in your job search criteria.

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The first of a murder-mystery trilogy, this page turner that kept me up well past my bedtime on a school night. You will simply not want to put this down until it is done. I am now on the second book and simply can’t get enough.

4. The Monster at the End of This Book

As a mom of a 19 month old, I love that I get to re-live my childhood by reading one of my favorite books to my son. This book is a nice reminder that regardless of what scary monsters and unknowns appear to be on the horizon, I need to continue to plug away and be pleasantly surprised with the outcomes. Plus, Grover rocks!

5. Bel Canto

Every time I go to clean out my bookcase I pause on this book and smile. Despite reading it a few times, I simply can’t bear to part with it. It is a great story that evolves enemies into friends, into much more.

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