Tag: Ethan Brownell

Life After Graduation and Transitioning Into the “Real” World

Ethan Brownell

Grads Throwing CapsIn less than 2 weeks I will be leaving the University of Minnesota, the Leadership Minor, and so many other communities I have been a part of these last 4 years. I feel a lot of expectations that come with this monumental step in my life. I have always been a high achieving student and I feel like people expect that to translate into a high achieving adult… instantly… like yesterday.

I am lucky enough to be in a place in my life where I feel comfortable with making the decision to take a gap year before applying to pursue graduate school. For the first time in my life I am letting life come to me rather than charging after life. I still don’t have plans for the next year; hell, I don’t have plans for three weeks from now. A key part of my identity for the last 17 years has been being a student. I don’t know who I am outside of school. Even when I am not in school, school has never been more than 3 months away. Continue reading “Life After Graduation and Transitioning Into the “Real” World”

The Life of an Undergrad: Work/Life Balance and Learning to Say No

Ethan Brownell

“Lose yourself in what you love; you find yourself there.”  I shamelessly got from a corporate marketing campaign, but hey, sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected of places. College undergrad is a place where many people follow this mantra, where they find out who they are, where they find what their passion is, where they find their people, and all in a short 4 (sometimes 5) years that seems to happen so fast that you can barely capture the current moment. I am a third year college student and that scares me. I have all of these (unrealistic?) expectations of what college is supposed to be and it is half over and now what do I do? Have I done enough? Do I even know where I am going in life? Am I ready to even think about what comes after this magical place called undergrad? Am I prepared enough for the “real world”?

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