The Second Question

It’s the one that comes after my reply to, “Oh you’ve graduated college, now what?” And I answer, “I’m just going to focus on being a mom right now.”

It’s the question that annoys me more than the first. In fact it makes me mad. It’s always asked with that holier-than-thou-you-just-wasted-four-years-for-nothing tone in their voice and matching look on their face. It makes me want to scream and smack them and question their college education.

It’s the question that doesn’t actually require an answer. The one that calls my decision making skills into question. It makes people wonder why I even bothered going to college, why I wasted the money. It’s more of a statement that basically says I didn’t plan my life out properly with a friendly question mark on the end.

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College Graduate

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This is to those of you who said, “Don’t get married so young, you’ll never finish school,” to everyone who said I shouldn’t take any time off of school (like I did in Hawaii) cause I’ll never want to go back, for everyone who said, “you’re too dumb for college,” (Okay no one said that), for all the people that advised me to wait until I finish college to have a baby I just want to rub it in your face, I DID IT! I am officially a college graduate! Stick that in your juice box and suck it!

It’s such an odd yet liberating feeling. For the majority of my life everything I do has been ruled by school: whether my weekends are spent catching up on homework, how early I have to go to sleep to get to class in the morning, the way my worth is determined by the grades I get.

But now, there’s nothing. Nowhere I have to be, no teachers to please, no papers to write, no stress! I remember telling a teacher in high school that I wish I had all the free time in the world to read everything and anything I want to. And now I can! I’m a college graduate and I can do whatever I want!

Okay that’s not exactly true. I am a mother of an infant and I’ve got stuff to do. Like housework and raising a child and an at-home job.

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{That one time} My story fell apart

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For those of you who don’t actually want to read my hilarious witty remarks, I put the video at the top to save you from the carpal tunnel that you would inevitably get if you had to scroll all the way to the bottom to watch it.

For the rest of you, I daresay this second go round was more difficult than the first. This time I didn’t have an advanced reporter helping me. Plus the professor I was going to interview as my professional on the topic wasn’t available and so my story fell apart a little bit.

CUE: Me bawling

CUE CHRIS THINKING: She’s gonna have to quit.

CUE MY INCREDIBLE MOTHER: La La La I have the answers!

My awesome mom gave me a little motivational speech (It looks like I’m going to need one of those weekly. Good thing my dad will be in town next week) and directed me towards another source I could use for my story. Thankfully the woman I called was super sweet (or super excited to be on tv) and helped me set up a whole interview and I got some great B roll.

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My main interview took me all the way to the University of Utah and with rush hour by the time the interview was over it was dark outside….which meant that I couldn’t get any more B roll. So I pretty much just had to hope that there were some stories in the archives that had footage that I could use.

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College Study Printables!

I was talking to my favorite Aunt the other day and she was giving my the DL on my cute cousin who just started college. Of course she’s not that much younger than me, but those couple years between us (and the whole me being married thing) makes me feel like I should take her under my wing and give her some invaluable college study advice.

And I figured there are plenty of college students that are otherwise afflicted and are having a difficult time studying and keeping up with their grades, so those students could probably benefit from my invaluable college study advice too!

Then, I realized that no one wants to just a read a bunch of words with advice that they should follow. It’s all about the packaging. So I made these adorable college study printables.

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