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The Five Feels of College Seniors

Kaity 1It’s finally that time….College Graduation. You’ve been through the sleepless nights studying, the crazy nights out with your best friends, the painful breakups, and the constant feeling of having no idea what you want to do with your life and now it’s finally here. You’re not quite sure how you feel about moving on from the college life and entering the real world. It’s nerve-wracking and scary and you don’t think you’re ready for it. But I promise you are. As the days leading up to graduation dwindle, you are probably experiencing a mix of emotions. Everything ranging from fear to excitement are on your mind. As a graduating senior at the University of Cincinnati, I am experiencing all of these emotions myself. I am here to tell you that you aren’t alone and your feelings of fear, sadness, regret, jealousy, and excitement are completely normal.

  1. Fear

Graduating college may be one of the scariest milestones in a young adult’s life. After attending countlessKaity 2 8 AMs, sitting through three hour lectures, and preparing for midterms and final exams, it’s time to put all that hard work to the test in the real world. You’re spending your last few months as a college student handing out your resume to potential employers and praying they call you back for an interview. It’s no lie that the job search process is intense and there is no guarantee you will graduate with that full time job offer. The key is to stay confident and stay ahead of the game. Confidence matters, and if you believe you will succeed…you will. So the next time you don’t land the job you want or you don’t get that call back, don’t give up. Keep trying and eventually all your hard work will pay off.

  1. Sadness

Kaity 3They say that college is the best four years of your life, so naturally when those four years come to an end you’re going to be sad. You’ve met some of the best friends you could ever ask for, made memories that will last a lifetime, and have grown as an individual. Now you’ll be entering a new chapter in your life and this one does not always include the people you made all of those memories with the last four years. You, along with many of your friends, will be starting careers and going in different directions. Your best friend and roommate you’ve lived with the last four years won’t be in the room next to you at 2 AM when you want to binge watch your favorite TV show and eat junk food. The reality of this is extremely depressing, but taking on this new chapter will also be rewarding and self-fulfilling. This is the time you get to put all your hard work to use and make your dreams come true. Make the most of it, because this is also a time to learn and grow.

  1. Regret

Whether it’s that night out before your big exam or the spring break trip you didn’t take with all yourKaity 4 friends, every college senior looks back on those four years and has regrets. Everyone says your college years fly by, but you never actually believe them till you experience it yourself. One day it’s the first day of freshman year and you think you have all the time in the world, and then BAM…you’re about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. You’re wondering whether you made the most of your time and if you accomplished everything you wanted to accomplish. The truth is, though, there’s nothing you can do about it now. Don’t stress over the past, look forward to the future. Set goals for yourself and reach them. It’s cliché, but you only have one life to live and worrying to much about things you did or didn’t do is a waste. Live in the now and embrace the upcoming changes in your life.

  1. Jealousy

Kaity 5Some of your friends already have job offers and some of them have another year left before they graduate…and you’re just sitting here in limbo wishing you could have both. Let’s face it, you’re jealous. You wish you had the security of having a job lined up after graduation, but at the same time you wish you could spend another year living out your college experience. This is a scary time and you probably have no idea what exactly you want in this next chapter of your life. But, honestly, it’s okay to not know. It may be frustrating to see your friends receiving offer letters and other friends relaxing because they still have another year, but don’t stress your time will come.

  1. Excitement

Amongst all the stress of applying for jobs, attending interviews and career fairs, and finishing up those last few class projects, you’re probably also feeling excited about this upcoming milestone. Kaity 5You’ve put forth hard work and tremendous effort into the last four years and now it’s finally paying off. There will be no more all-nighters and dreadful group projects. You will get to put all your knowledge to use in the real world…and the best part is someone will pay you to do it! Be proud of your achievements because you deserve it!


Article by Kaity Norcross

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Crista Brown

Crista Brown

“I advise other student employees at Education at Work to never take customer situations personally, be friendly, and go beyond measures to make the most of their career.”

Super Aren: Life of a College Student

Hey everybody, I am Aren Johnson and I wanted to share with everyone a bit about me. I titled the post “Super Aren” because as a college student, I have to balance so much in my life. If I was not anything less than super then it might be a bit overwhelming.

Well first off, I’ve attended the University of Cincinnati for the past three years. My major is Psychology, but after realizing I would need a masters to do even basic psychology work, I doubled into Communication my sophomore year. I am currently working towards a future in Public Relations; and just this past fall became a proud member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. I can imagine people are saying “Oh he’s just another frat boy,” but I will be talking about how Greek life is not all parties and “soda” a bit later. First, I want to talk about the types of things I am up to this semester. Let us start at Church where I am interning this semester.


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The church’s name is Walnut Hills Baptist Church, though I do not technically work for them – otherwise God would have struck me down a while ago. I work for a support group within the church called the Walnut Hills Anti-Drug Coalition. They are a non-profit that tries to educate people on the dangers of abuse and how best to handle it. My job is to handle their website and social media; I even got to design their brochure. I have done a lot to get this group into the 21st century.

For my first internship, it is a relaxed environment. My boss here is nice and sometimes buys me cheese conies for lunch. I might mention this place again in future blogs, either ranting or talking about the fun I have here. Next stop on Super Aren’s flight is a social event I just came from: UC Game Day.

Campus Activities

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Generally, I do not have much time to go to club events, which sucks because I am in two clubs and a fraternity. I was excited to find out that two of the clubs I am in, UC Anime Club and UC League of Legends, were having a joint event with several other clubs this past weekend. It was a time I could partially attend. It is important to have time off to spend with friends, after all “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Though if you think about it, all play and no work also makes Jack a dull boy – mentally. It is all perspective. Anyway, I had a great time.

I was able to participate in a League of Legends tournament; sadly, my team was a bunch of rag tag fighters and we had to fight a uniform and highly organized team. It was a one sided battle, like a group of children versus a military unit. After the tragic defeat, I spent the remainder of time watching anime. The club played some comical animes: an anime where students have to kill an alien teacher that will destroy the Earth in one year (Assassination Classroom) and an anime about a brother and sister pulled into another world who play games to move up in the social ladder (No Game No Life). I wish I could have stayed longer because I miss seeing my friends, but I had to leave early to make it to another engagement. Which brings me to my Fraternity.

Greek Life

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Pi Kappa Phi might not be the most known Fraternity at the University of Cincinnati, mainly because of how close it sounds to Pike and Pi Kappa Alpha, but it is mine. Being Fraternal does not mean parties and drunk nights. My chapter works hard to help the physically disabled. Nevertheless, enough about what they do and their stereotypes, I do not even drink… beer anyway. I joined them in the fall and I am glad that I joined. It is a great source of community.

Granted my first year of college was so long ago. I did not care about Greek life but now I wish I had joined earlier. My schedule keeps me busy and I can not put in the time with my brothers as I should – story of my life. There is an honest connection with the people you call brothers, or sisters depending on gender. I am the only black person there and I never feel any sense of racial tension. Also, there are people of different financial backgrounds and sexual orientation. From what I can see, all Greek life is like this. You just have to find the people you click best with. However, between you and me, the meetings are never fun, but it is bit cool that your voice is always heard. Which brings me to my final commitment this spring, school.


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The number one concern with being a college student, with the exception of food, lack of sleep and maybe trying to find a social life, are classes. I have a theory that professors can read your weekly schedule and assign homework to conflict with Netflix time. Now if I were a good student I would not be writing this post (well not put as much time in it as I have done). I would be working on the projects and papers that dictate my winter. Fortunately, I am a quick typist and have mastered the art of making up garbage while making it sound somewhat intelligent. I also mastered the second major college survival tool, living off two hours of sleep. In addition, school is the reason my family is not allowed to visit my apartment, my mother would have a heart attack if she saw the state of my room because of all the “studying” and “soda.” That is the curse of college, I’ll get to that room eventually, but the last thing you must know about the reasons why I do not have much of a social life is my job.


My job at Education at Work is not hard. In fact, it’s easy once you realize how to deal with the customers. I will not talk about it in much detail, but I will mention that the people I work with are of all different breeds, though there is rarely a dull moment.

So there you have it, I am an intern, a student, a fraternity man, a somewhat social being, and a couch potato. Though even with all this, I can still find time to balance a perfectly healthy relationship – with Netflix and my bed. I do not care if they are inanimate, it just means that we never argue. Till the next time, up up and asleep.


Article by Aren Johnson

Aren Johnson



Student Success Story: Crista Brown

Crista Brown

“I feel like I’m ready for anything.”

Crista Brown


University of Cincinnati

Crista graduated from the University of Cincinnati in December of 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Public Relations Certificate. Throughout her college career she was able to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and has successfully continued a family legacy of graduating from Walnut Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati.

Crista will continue her career journey at Paycor as a Distribution Specialist where she will process payroll for clients. Prior to working at Paycor, Crista was employed at Education at Work. Crista heard about Education at Work through a fellow church member and she applied in March of 2013. She explains that through her experience with the company she learned how to handle upset customers. Before working at EAW, she was not confident in talking to difficult customers; however, now she feels she is able to handle people with all different personality types.

She credits her supervisor for providing her with a smooth work experience and the support she needed to be successful at Education at Work. Her supervisor’s support helped her gain leadership experience and gave Crista insight on applying her studies to real life situations. Crista believes that Education at Work motivated her to do her best in school. She states that her greatest joy of working at Education at Work was being able to help an upset customer without seeking assistance from her supervisor.

She advises other student employees at Education at Work to never take customer situations personally, be friendly, and go beyond measures to make the most of their career. After graduation, Crista had earned $1,500 in tuition assistance, which has helped her mother and father, who supported both Crista and her older brother through school. Crista is a great example of  a successful student employee who lived out the Education at Work mission!

Article by Kaity Norcross

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Courtney Miller

Courtney Miller

“When I was 11 years old, I participated in a program called Children’s International Summer Village. I went to Sweden for a month with a bunch of 11 year-olds from 12 different countries. This inspired my interest to travel, to help people, and to help people understand themselves.”

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