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4:16 pm

I am currently studying for both the general GRE and the subject test in psychology. Is anyone else taking the GRE soon? Any tips?


Friday, January 13th, 2006
3:06 pm
What College Didn’t Prepare Me For

Time to share with college students all the things that you wish you knew before you put on your cap and gown! I'm writing a book on the topic and am eager to hear what YOU have to say!

Please choose at least one section that you identify most with and answer as many questions as you can in at least 3 sentences. You will be contacted before anything is published. Please return these responses to jerseygal526@yahoo.com.

College Attended
Email address (will not be published):

Moving Home
1. Did you move home after college? If so, what was the biggest adjustment for you?
2. Did you find that your living space had changed?
3. Did your parents treat you like an adult or a child?
4. What was the biggest struggle about living far from home?

Living Away from Home
1. Did you move far from your hometown upon graduation? Why?
2. How did you find your post-college home away from home? Was finding an affordable place hard?
3. How did you adjust to the domestics of living? Did you take up cooking or struggle to take care of your apartment/house?

Not Using Your Degree/Major
1. Upon graduation, did you want to apply your major to your job?
2. Did you think about trying something not related to your major while you were fresh out of college? Why?
3. Did you or your friends give you direct or indirect guilt over not using your degree?
4. Do you plan to go into that field at all? Why or why not?
5. Do you regret not using your major? Why or why not?

Choosing a Job
1. What job search tools did you use to find a job? What worked best and what didn’t?
2. Did you need to do some research about how to find a job/prepare for an interview?
3. If you got multiple offers, what did you base your decision on?
4. How long do you feel that you need to be at your job before you move up or switch companies?
5. Do you feel that it’s better to jump around while you’re young? Why or why not?

Job Responsibilities
1. What do you find most challenging about your job?
2. Describe your work atmosphere. What didn’t you expect from it that wound up happening?
3. Do you find office politics a hassle or entertainment?
4. Have you been in an uncomfortable situation at work that you weren’t sure how to handle? How did you go about handling it?
5. Is your job boring? Did you think it would be and do you want to find something more challenging?
6. Are you happy at your current job? Why or why not?

Managing Your Own Finances
1. Have your parents financially supported you post-graduation?
2. Does your job cover your basic expenses or do you find that you live paycheck to paycheck? How do you feel about that?
3. Do you have credit problems? Do you think that the wide market and availability of credit vendors at school aids in younger people having credit problems?
4. Do you work with a budget? How did you come to do so?
5. What advice would you give to college students on how to handle their money after graduation?

Quarterlife Crisis
1. Do you know what a quarterlife crisis is? Do you believe in it? What’s your definition?
2. Have you experienced feelings of panic, fear, anxiety, worry or depression when thinking about life after college?
3. What pressures have been put on you, or have you put on yourself before and after graduating?
4. Do you lean on friends/family for support?

Having a Social Life
1. Since you graduated, are you more social?
2. Do you still keep in touch with college friends?
3. Do you think post-college life means making new friends or keeping the old? Or both?
4. How do you deal with friends faraway?
5. Do you want to meet more people or do you feel that college was your only time to make lifelong friends?
6. How do you approach dating? Are you looking for something serious? Why or why not? Do you think you’re ready for a serious relationship? Why or why not?
7. How can post-collegiates meet new people? Should they put themselves out there more? How can they do so?
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
8:08 am
A more active Message Board for you Twentysomethings needing more interaction
I see this board isn't too active, and neither are many of the other ones on this subject. I'll assume it's because everyone is already signed up to the boards on QuarterLifeCrisis.com Message Boards

If not, I'd recommend going there. As with all message boards, there are more members, more subjects, more divisions, and more activity.

X posted to several places
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
4:56 pm
Living at home?

Does anyone know of forums/online boards or web sites for 20-something living at home with mom and dad? I know I saw an article on this subject about a year ago, and they mentioned an online forum, but I can't for the life of me remember the name.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005
9:26 pm
Helpful Books
I highly suggest getting books about the Quarter Life Crisis. Check your library, bookstore, or Amazon.com. I'm finding some great information. Books like these are great overviews, for any more in depth questions you can always ask someone you who would likely know (which you should always do), or someone on the net.

List of Books about and for Twentysomethings
Monday, November 7th, 2005
3:17 pm
Gen Y
Generation Y: They've arrived at work with a new attitude
By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY
from: http://www.usatoday.com/money/workplace/2005-11-06-gen-y_x.htm

They're young, smart, brash. They may wear flip-flops to the office or listen to iPods at their desk. They want to work, but they don't want work to be their life.

This is Generation Y, a force of as many as 70 million, and the first wave is just now embarking on their careers — taking their place in an increasingly multigenerational workplace.

Get ready, because this generation — whose members have not yet hit 30 — is different from any that have come before, according to researchers and authors such as Bruce Tulgan, a founder of New Haven, Conn.-based RainmakerThinking, which studies the lives of young people.

This age group is moving into the labor force during a time of major demographic change, as companies around the USA face an aging workforce. Sixty-year-olds are working beside 20-year-olds. Freshly minted college graduates are overseeing employees old enough to be their parents. And new job entrants are changing careers faster than college students change their majors, creating frustration for employers struggling to retain and recruit talented high-performers.

Unlike the generations that have gone before them, Gen Y has been pampered, nurtured and programmed with a slew of activities since they were toddlers, meaning they are both high-performance and high-maintenance, Tulgan says. They also believe in their own worth.

"Generation Y is much less likely to respond to the traditional command-and-control type of management still popular in much of today's workforce," says Jordan Kaplan, an associate managerial science professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn in New York. "They've grown up questioning their parents, and now they're questioning their employers. They don't know how to shut up, which is great, but that's aggravating to the 50-year-old manager who says, 'Do it and do it now.' "
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Friday, September 2nd, 2005
7:36 am
This has been pretty dead, but I have something important to say.

Due to the horrific events of hurricane katrina, I did what I could and sent some money to the Red Cross. If you have any means of helping, I strongly urge you to do so. As most of you can see, the government seems to think it can take its time. Rather, if they had acted more quickly, none of the rioting would occur and many people wouldn't have wound up dead from starvation and dehydration. Those are sad, pathetic ways to die. Not to mention the mayor calling off the search and rescue mission to stop looters and "hoodlums".

Please help these poor, lonely people. They feel forgotten, depressed and dismayed. I dont care if you send $5 or write a letter to your congressman. Just do something.
Monday, August 8th, 2005
4:46 pm

I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend for a Teach For America conference for Campus Campaign Managers.  And just incase you don't know what Teach for America is:

from http://teachforamerica.org/about.html:

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting some of our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.


  • In the short run, our corps members go above and beyond to ensure that more students growing up today in our nation's lowest income communities have the educational opportunities they deserve. Read more about their experiences>>



  • In the long run, we build a force of leaders with the insight and credibility that comes from having taught in a low-income community. They work from education and from every other sector to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life. Read more about their impact>>

Currently, 3,500 corps members are teaching in over 1,000 schools in 22 regions across the country.


This conference was for the School Based Teams working on college campuses across the country trying to recruit teachers to the program.  There were about 350 other college student Campus Campaign Managers there along with their Recruitment Directors, Recruitment Fellows, and several TFA staff, and TFA alumni who spoke to us about their amazing experiences teaching in low-income rural and urban schools for two years. 

We even had Jason Kamras, a Teach For America teacher and who was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by President Bush speak to us! 

 Jason Kamras in front of the Capitol Dome - where I was this weekend :)

I learned so much about how to effectively publicize TFA and recruit the right kinds of college seniors to apply to teach, but most of all how important and necessary Teach For America is, and the incredible good it is doing for our country's children, our nation's future. 

What a lot of people don't know is that there a HUGE achievement gap in our country between students of high-income communities and students of low-income communities. 

The United States has one of the LARGEST ACHIEVEMENT GAPS IN THE WORLD save for three other industrialized nations.  By the time they are 9 years old, children in low-income communities are on average 3 grade levels behind their peers in high-income communities, meaning that while they should be reading Harry Potter, they can barely get through a Sesame Street book.  This ultimately causes them to be 7 times less likely to graduate from college, if children from these low-income communities are able to make it there.   

Teach for America is seeking to close and eventually eliminate the achievement gap by assigning high-achieving, influencing, motivating, passionate, dedicated, creative college graduates to teach in these underachieving areas.  With enthused, devoted teachers who work relentlessly to bring their students up to grade level and oftentimes beyond, we can close the achievement gap and give every child the basic right of having the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams in life.

Teach For America also has many career and grad schools benefits for you, not only through our relationships and associations, but through giving you the advantage of acquiring lifelong skills and making you a more socially-aware person, so that in whatever you choose to do after teaching, you will fully understand the problem our country is facing and work toward a solution.

If you are an outstanding college senior who wishes to change our nation through teaching for just two years after college, please APPLY ONLINEApplication deadlines are October 30, 2005 and February 17, 2006.

Learn more about Teach For America at http://www.teachforamerica.org and access answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the program as well.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
8:21 am
living back home
is anyone else in here living with their parents after graduation? i moved home last spring and i'm so ready to move out, i'm about to start crawling the walls. i'm just waiting on a friend to be ready to move out - two of my friends also want to move out and get a place with me in chicago (i live in the suburbs and went to school in chicago). anyway, it's not that my parents are hard to live with - for parents, they're great. it's just that their my parents. i know i'm lucky to have the option to live (almost) rent free for over a year, but i'm just so ready to get out of here. i work downtown and every day it saddens me that i have to take the train back out to the suburbs.

ok, i'm done whining. is anyone else in the same boat?
Saturday, June 25th, 2005
8:07 pm
I hope somebody can help me, as I am new to this process...
What is the purpose of a third interview? I just got called for a third interview for a job I really want. The first interview consisted of an HR panel, and the second was with directors and was followed by a short test. The HR woman I spoke with was not very revealing about what I should expect and I was hoping you all might have some ideas. I do know that I am supposed to report to the floor on which I would be working if they hired me, while the other times I went to a different part of the building entirely. I talked to the director of the department a few weeks ago, and she told me they would be making decisions within a couple of days. Well, it has been a few weeks, and I am pretty confused and anxious about what this next interview is all about! Any advice/explanations would help. Anybody else have experience with third interviews? Did you get the job?
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
1:15 pm
I need some serious help because I am clueless. What should I be saying when asked my salary requirements? When an interviewer asks me point blank...I have no clue what to say. I previously said $10-15/hr. My father and friend inform me that I am underselling myself. I realize I should be saying a yearly rate also. So...as having my B.A. in English and looking for an entry level type job. Should I really say $30,000? $25,000? Does anyone know? I am completely clueless. Also, any tips to avoid answering this question at the early stages would be helpful.
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
10:09 pm
Hi all, I'm new here...

I'm graduating from college next Sunday, so I'm going to be a post-college kid soon enough. It's SO weird! I'm just doing my departmental graduation. Of course, my family is all pissed at me since I'm not going to the "real" graduation ceremony (I'm the second person in my family to get a degree), but I really don't understand the appeal of spending $50 on a cap and gown that you'll only wear once, while sitting down for 4 1/2 hours with 800 other people that you hardly know, listening to some pointless speech that you know isn't going to apply to you at all.

And don't get me started on trying to find a job. While I've had the same summer job for the past six years, I really feel that I've outgrown it and need to move on...but it's the only job I've ever known besides work study (I don't think that counts). I have some pretty bad social anxiety, too, so that's going to make finding a new job really hard. I'm not looking forward to it at all.

Oh well, I better get back to typing up my manuscripts and stop rambling here.

So uh, hi and stuff.

Current Mood: sodamnstressed!
Saturday, April 16th, 2005
11:15 pm
New Guy
Hey, I'm Dave. I'm new to this group and I'm just really getting into Livejournal. I had no idea there was a group like this but I'm happy that I found it.

I've been out of college for two years and been on a series of jobs, whether permanent or temping. I want to be an actor/director and I'm getting to live some of that as a part time employee at a TV station, but like many, I want more out of life and want to see more.

My last day with a job is on Friday, and I'm glad to be out of there after working there for a month. I started working as a production clerk until they started adding janitor and filing clerk to the job description. I guess you could say washing Canadian goose crap off business property wasn't exactly a stimulating thing to do, or hauling heavy filing boxes around. It's hard to get a full time job during the day, but it's also crucial to your health that you're not exhausted for your nighttime job. I also worked as a dispatcher for a transportation logistics company. By far, a mindnumbing experience that can only add to your misery when you're waking up at 5am five nights a week to have people bitch at you an hour later.

But enough of that, if you read my journal. It's sporadic and outrageous, but hopefully always interesting.

Current Mood: okay
Friday, April 8th, 2005
10:20 pm
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaak somebody save me!

I hope this community is still active.

Anyway, where can I begin. 24 year old colleeg grad who cant get a dam job.
I have great interview skills, but for some damn reason nobody hires me.
Check out my journal for latest happenings.

Is anybody else here in a similar predicament?


Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, February 19th, 2005
11:30 pm
Hello all...
I'm new to Livejournal and looking around for groups. If you're interested in the life of a research grad student who's also a teaching assistant, check out my journal.

The Cruel TA
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
1:29 pm
This is terrible...
...but true. This is the way I've felt for a long time, and I think I need to stop. I've been viewing my life like a video game, with levels to be mastered and moved beyond. So I've conquered the education level of my life (until I go to grad. school, but I have a few more years before starting that challenge) and am working on the first few years with a real job level of my life. Objectives include: gaining control of my finances, becoming a responsible drinker, developing a healthy diet/exercise plan that I can live with for the rest of my life, figuring out WHAT TO DO with myself during my free time, building an impressive resume/portfolio, finding a good partner to move on to the NEXT LEVEL (marriage) with... This is f-ed up, right? I should be enjoying this time that I am single, living by myself in a nice apartment with a nice car and a gym membership and no one to tell me what to do or any dirty diapers to clean up... this might be like when I longed to be out of college, with no more studying to do, classes to take... but now what do I do? Miss those good ol' days of drinking on Tuesday nights. I need to chill out, and as drphungus says, enjoy the small things. This is life, and I'm enjoying my last few months of being 24. I will have plenty of time to argue with a husband about how much I spent on groceries/why I didn't do the dishes, function on no sleep because of a teething baby. I need to CHILL OUT. Phew. Okay. Now to grade papers/deal with psycho girls/help shower a handicapped 16 year old boy/run 5 miles/block act 1 of DoAF/type cover letters for 3 more DM schools. What is wrong with me? I'm hyperventilating!
Sunday, February 6th, 2005
8:07 pm

Graduate School Barbie comes in two forms:
Delusional Master's Barbie (tm) and Ph.D. Masochist
Barbie (tm). Every Graduate School Barbie comes with
these fun filled features guaranteed to delight and
entertain for hours:

- Grad School Barbie comes out of the box with a big
grin on her face that turns into a frown after 2 weeks
or her first advisor meeting (whichever comes first).

- Adorable black circles under her delightfully
bloodshot eyes.

- Comes with two outfits: a grubby pair of blue jeans
and 5 year old gap T-shirt, and a floppy pair of gray
sweatpants with a matching "Go Screw Yourself" T-shirt.

- Grad School Barbie talks! Just press the button on
her left hand and hear her say such upbeat grad school
phrases like, "Yes, Professor, It'll be done by
tomorrow" "I'd love to write it all over again" and
"Why didn't I just get a job, I could have
been making $40,000 a year by now if I had just
started working with a Bachelor's. But noooooo,
I wish somebody would drop a bomb on the school
so that I'd have an excuse
to stop working on my degree that's sucking every last
drop of life force out of my withered and degraded
excuse for a soul..." (9 V lithium batteries sold

-Grad School Barbie is anatomically correct to teach
kids about the exciting changes that come with
pursuing a higher education. Removable panels on
Barbie's head and torso allow you to watch as her
cerebellum fries to a crispy brown, her heart race 150
beats per minute, and her stomach lining gradually
dissolve into nothing.

Deluxe Barbie comes with specially designed eye ducts.
Just add a little water, and watch Grad School Barbie
burst into tears at random intervals. Fun for the
whole family!

Other accessories include:

-Grad School Barbie's Fun Fridge (tm) Well stocked
with microwave popcorn, Coca-Cola, Healthy Choice
Bologna (99% fat free!),and small bottle of Mattel
Brand Rum (tm).

-Grad School Barbie's Medicine Cabinet. Comes in
Fabulous pink and contains Barbie sized bottles of
Advil, St. Johns Wort, Zantac, and your choice of
three fun anti-anxiety drugs! (Barbie Medicine Cabinet
not available without a prescription)

-Grad School Barbie's Computer Workstation. Comes with
miniature obsolete PC (pink of course), rickety desk,
and over a dozen miniature Mountain Dew cans to> decorate your
workstation with (Mountain Dew deposit not included in price,
tech support sold separately)
And Grad School Barbie is not alone! Order now and
you'll get two of Barbie's great friends!

GRADUATE ADVISOR KEN: Barbie's mentor and advisor in
her quest for increased education and decreased self
esteem. Grad Advisor Ken (tm) comes with a supply of
red pens and a permanent frown. Press the button to
hear Grad Advisor Ken deliver such wisdom to Barbie as
"I need an update on your progress" "I don't think
you'll be ready to graduate yet" and "This is no where
near ready for publication." Buy 3 or more dolls, and you can
have Barbie's Thesis Committee! (Palm Pilot and tenure sold

REAL JOB SKIPPER: When Barbie needs to talk, she knows
that she can always count on her good friend Real Job
Skipper (tm), who got a job after getting her bachelor
degree. Press the button to hear Real Job Skipper say,
"Sometimes I wish I went for my masters degree" and
"Work is so hard! I had to work a half an hour of
overtime!" Real Job Skipper's Work Wardrobe and
Savings account sold separately. WARNING: Do not place
Grad Student Barbie and Real Job Skipper too close to
each other, as there have been several mysterious
cases of children leaving the room and coming back to
find Barbie's hands mysteriously fused to Skipper's
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
4:58 pm
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
11:38 am
quarter-life crisis = selfishness?

does quarter-life crisis equal selfishness?

i'm so frustrated right now.  i hate thinking about money and bills, and the more i hate thinking about it, the more i procrastinate on it...and SO the more bills i get behind.  it's an awful cycle, absolutely f*cking awful. 

worst part about it is that there is NO one else to blame but ME.  it's not that i don't necessarily have the money to take care of my bills...but looking at my bills depresses me...and looking at all the things i have spent my hard earned money on is like a slap in the face. when i open those bills, it's like the world yelling at me:  "You are IRRESPONSIBLE" "Why the hell didn't you save that?" "What the HELL are you doing?"

so today.....i want to make a change.  i really do.  i am sooo tired of stressing myself out by avoiding my bills.....and assessing all those late charges...etc etc.

today, i will face my weaknesses, i will face my bullshit, i will ultimately face MYSELF.  i have wasted this passed year avoiding all the growing pains i've been going through. okay, maybe not avoiding...but distracting myself as much as possible from it.   and those distractions were costly, they were fun at the time....but when i look back, were they really the answer to my all problems?  NO.  the only answer costs nothing....it's time spent w/ with God, by myself.  My gosh, i used to preach how important it is for us to take time for ourselves.   i feel like i've been taking the right amount of time....but the quality of my alone time has been missing.  My alone time focuses totally on ME ME ME......when did i become so self centered and selfish?   when was the last time i looked beyond myself and reached out to another person without them approaching me first.

i have a lot of work to do.......i have a lot of cleaning up to do in my soul, in my spirit, in my head, in my whole freakin life....

anyone who's been through this.....what has helped you 'clean up' your act?

Current Mood: at myself
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