An English Major at the Business Career Fair, Pt. 1

It’s my last semester of college, and I’m freaking out. And you, dear reader, someday you’ll be in my shoes—especially if you’re hunting for a job after graduation rather than heading off to grad school right away.

I’ve had a hard time this year dealing with that little bit of jealousy I feel when people I know land a post-grad summer internship or full-time job, because that means they’re ~on the other side~ of all this. I want to be like them! I want to be free!

And by “free,” I mean guaranteed a salary and 401K when I leave the hallowed halls of Illinois and free to focus on ~the now~ of my schoolwork, internship, undergraduate thesis … finally trying a matcha green tea doughnut from Pandamonium. You get the idea.

My friends with their lives figured out? Tom Haverford. Me? Leslie Knope. (Gif from Giphy)

And I’m not trying to freak you out! I’m just trying to keep it real. This is a scary/exciting time in my life, but I hope you read my posts and ultimately feel assured. Because someday! Someday soon! There will be a post telling you just how I’ve figured things out.

But for now, I’m heading to the spring Business Career Fair in seriously like five minutes. It’s my second Business Career Fair this year, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to impress some recruiters.

I’m armed with 25 copies of my resume, a lot of examples of the work I’ve created while working as an editorial intern for Admissions, a fancy black pleather portfolio, a pen, some paper for note-taking, and one semi-snazzy lamented name tag (courtesy of the Economics Department—thanks, guys!).

I’ll let you know how it all goes in my next post: “An English Major at the Business Career Fair, Pt. 2.” Stay tuned!

And as always, feel free to comment with any questions! They can be about landing an internship/job as an Illinois student or whatever you like.




Class of 2017
After starting my time at Illinois Undeclared in the Division of General Studies, I’m majoring in English and Economics with a minor in Informatics from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I’m from the relatively small town of Manhattan, Illinois.