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  1. April 8, 2016
    Stephanie says

    This seems like a very stressful situation to be in, and it’s really normal to be overwhelmed by the success and the comments of everyone else. I think you’re right, Amanda, that Ali is in a temporary state where she will learn so much about herself. I also agree that it all starts with being her own cheerleader, because once we’re accepting of ourselves, we won’t define ourselves by everyone’s standards of success.

    When I graduated from college, my boyfriend had a set job, an apartment, etc. I had just landed a part-time internship, and I felt embarrassed for not having the ideal 40hr/wk job like everyone else. But I worked really hard with what I had, and a year later, I was promoted twice, found the perfect studio to live in, and bought a car. I’d like to reassure Ali that finding an internship or part-time gig with a company that’s in her realm would be very wise to look into as well, because you can get your foot in the door (either with that company or a similar one). Being open to different opportunities — even ones I would have rejected in my dreams — got me where I am today. Good luck, Ali!

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  2. April 8, 2016

    Seriously loving this post!! It’s so true to love yourself and be your own cheerleader during this time! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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  3. April 8, 2016
    Grace says

    I just had to write in to this one.. Ali, I don’t think your bf may have put as much stock in this relationship as you have. You asked if you were a loose end and he replies with “its college”?? I read that as “hey, if she comes, cool, if not, I got this sweet job anyways”.

    The other thing to put to mind is has he been helping you look for a job…could he put feelers out at his own company, or ask the HR person there if they have contacts at other places that might find a place for you?

    -Someone who’s been in a very similar situation

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  4. April 9, 2016

    This was so helpful to read as I am four months into post graduate life and finding the job search pretty unbearable and discouraging as well.

    Thank you both for sharing!

    Riley

    rileyannenowlan.com

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