The Artsy Way to Graduate

If there’s one thing I was sure of when it came time for my graduation from Boston University, it was that if I was going to do this, it would be in style. So, I prepared for my big day with 2 perfect dresses (yes, for 2 days of graduation), like usual. However, luckily for this accessories addict, graduation dressing is all about the cap. What a first might seem like a beauty horror (CC: not being able to wear your hair however you want) actually turned out in my favor. I might not have gone to art school, but I took this chance to declare my honorary BFA while receiving my BS in journalism. I painted a NYC skyline in my 2 favorite colors with #DreamBig on the side. This design is all about what I plan on doing next–dreaming big in the big city.

Didn't forget to hashtag #DreamBig 🎓🌃🗽

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Ultimately, I think I achieved my goal of standing out because BU photographed my cap for their graduation album! If you’re trying to decide on the perfect graduation cap design, think about what you want it to represent. Graduation is all about celebrating the past and looking towards the future, so it’s the perfect opportunity to really tell your story. Have fun and get creative!

#Graduation day one and done 🎓 #BUCOM2014

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What to Do if You’re A Senior Who Can’t Apply to Jobs Yet

I’m a senior, graduating in a month, and I haven’t started looking for jobs yet. In fact, I can’t start looking for jobs yet. The field I want to work in doesn’t hire on a strict timeline, like some of the business majors out there may be used to. Instead, I have to graduate and be in New York for a company to even review my application. In the magazine publishing industry, national titles hire within two weeks of a position becoming available.

Unfortunately, when I tell someone new that I’m a senior, they only have one question for me: what comes next?

Here are my tips for answering the dreaded question of what you’re doing after graduation, when in fact, you can’t start looking for a job yet:

1. Assess your situation: Have you had strong past internship experience? Or are you just starting out in the field you want to work in? If you don’t have much access to the industry, you might want to consider applying to paid internships for the summer.

2. Don’t settle: On the other hand, if you’ve already had the experience you need to establish connections in your field, resist the urge to apply to internships. While it’s tempting to know what you’re doing over the summer, you won’t be free to look for jobs until the fall. I made the hard decision to stop applying for internships because I have connections now that may not be as current a few months down the road.

3. Make a plan: As I said earlier, the industry I want to work in is completely in NY. So, my plan is to go to New York and start having informational interviews to find positions to apply to.

4. Know (kinda) what you’re doing:  I’ve boiled down a simple response for when people ask me what I’m doing after graduation. “I’m going to move back to NY to look for a job at a magazine,” is my typical answer.

5. Stop worrying: Honestly, I don’t hate that I work in an industry where I can’t start applying until after graduation. It gives me more free time to enjoy my last month at BU.

6. Make new connections: Know of someone with a position you’d love to have in the future? Whether there’s a job opportunity there or not, reach out for an informational opportunity. Who knows, it can lead to something down the road as well as helpful tips to use now.

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This post originally appeared on the BU CCD-ERC Student Ambassador Tumblr.