(I'm probably quite early for posting this but I need to get a lot of writing done after work tonight.)
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
How did you spend/how will you spend the summer after graduation?
I graduated from university last summer in July. Probably the biggest turning point of my life because with that graduation came adulthood. There wasn't any more classes to attend. There weren't any colleges to apply for. This was it. Jobs, bills, and responsibilities.
Some people spend the summer celebrating or getting everything ready for their Masters degree. Some travelled. A lot of my friends were lucky because they were off home to live with their parents or had more studying to do. So they could afford to celebrate and go on holiday or not worry about finding a graduate job.
That summer I just had worries and an insight into real life.
Jobs are difficult to get right now in the UK. There were no graduate jobs when I left and if there were they wanted more specific degrees. English was actually not a desired degree. It was too flexible. I couldn't get jobs in bars and shops because I was over qualified and they knew it wasn't where I wanted to be. The degree put them off. Peter (the bf) and I were on job seekers allowance. Sixty quid a week for the both of us to live off and people who had no idea how to help us because they had no experience dealing with graduates. Something they actually confessed.
I see some of my friends now who either live with their families and did so during university, whose parents have bought them a car, who are going on for a Masters and aren't worrying about careers just yet and they don't seem to understand the value of money, responsibilities, and living on their own. In the past I've been unable to go out or travel down to London to see everyone again. I simply didn't have the cash or the car to do so and sometimes I haven't been quite sure that they've understood that.
I spent the summer after graduation becoming an adult and probably experiencing the best things I could ever go through. I was shoved straight into real life and it was tough at first but I got through it. I'm working, Pete is working, and slowly things that I thought we could never afford (like driving lessons and a holiday) could possibly come into our life now.
I think these lessons could also help me when writing and when the time comes to query. It took me three months to get a job and it could take even longer to get published. If I can keep going for one experience I can certainly keep going for this one. I think in the end we all get what we desire. Sometimes it just takes a bit longer with a few struggles and obstacles on the way.
Now... I shall stop talking like a wise grown up and go watch some Demon Headmaster while I write about teenagers going through a dark phase in their witchy lives. =P