Furman and the Future

I like how, right after running the gauntlet of questions about my future at Thanksgiving, they want us to write about career services. Furman at times stoops to treachery such as this.

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when you realize Grandma’s about to hit you with the “so, are you seeing anybody?” 

College is weird in many ways, and one of them is that it’s supposed to be the warm-up round for the future. As a current senior, I feel this a lot, as talk of What Comes Next becomes less and less ethereal with each passing week. Leases are signed, applications sent away, my attempts to find a wealthy heiress at Furman grow ever more desperate.

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Please hire me.

It’s also a bit weird to write about career options, because I haven’t exactly figured that part of my life out yet. However, I can say with confidence what Furman has helped me with so far. Being in college is stressful enough on its own without trying to juggle the responsibility of where you’re going to be getting your 401k set up and whether or not you’ll have the credentials to get promoted into upper management thirty years from now.

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this is the only career path I know for sure I will follow.

Some of the ways Furman has helped was through the internship office. Junior year, I was feeling the pressure start to ratchet up and I stumbled into the internship office like a lost little puppy trying to find its way home. Within an hour they’d figured out what I was interested in and sent me on to interview at a few places – I wound up not getting my top choice internship that summer, but I did get one that paid, which was what the kids are calling “totally wicked radical”.

These kinds of opportunities are really valuable for setting up connections or acquiring career options after graduation. While I’m not entirely sure what I want to do after I graduate yet, I do have quite a few options I’m looking at, and all of them came to my attention through kiosks or job fairs that Furman hosted, or services that they put me in contact with. I think the best I can say is that, while the future is a scary concept regardless of whether you’re a freshman or a fifth year senior, the present doesn’t necessarily have to be, and with resume-proofing and internship offices and professors to write recommendation letters, Furman does a pretty good job of reminding you of that fact.

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