Notes To My Younger Self

12-Aug-2014

Our friend and internet-awesome-maker Sarah Von Bargen is re-launching her Post College Survival Kit – if you just graduated college and have spent one last summer kicking it on your mom’s couch watching Sex and The City marathons wishing you were Carrie Bradshaw (but feeling a bit more like Lena Dunham from Girls) then the Post College Survival Kit is for you. Or if you’re about to enter your senior year of college and are already freaking out about the real world that lies ahead … well, The Post College Survival Kit is for you too. Anyway, as part of Sarah’s launch she asked us to share a few bits of advice we’d like to give to our younger selves. Here’s what some of the Braid team had to say: 

DON’T BE FREAKED OUT THAT EVERYONE KNOWS SOMETHING YOU DON’T from Tara
My advice to my younger self would be the rules of the real world really aren't that different than school. It kind of flies in the face of most contemporary advice of "you learn way more in the real world than you ever can in school" and that's true, you do learn more. But your confidence level to take on that learning shouldn't be diminished by the fact you're on a new playground. Don't be freaked out that everyone knows something you don't. If you were a wonderful writer in honors English, you probably should still write in your job (even if it's not in the job title). If you were a class clown, your charm should still show up for you in relationship building. Your talents don't disappear, they just get shy for a while. That's natural, but don't let ability-bashfulness keep you from putting your best stuff out there.

DO THE WORK THAT YOU WANT TO BE DOING FOR YOURSELF from Kristin
Now that you’re out of school you will finally have free time to do the work that you want to do – even if it is only on the side. Then put that work you want to be doing in your portfolio. Don't get bogged down by other people's opinions about your work, even if it is your greatest hero, because everything is subjective. There is a market for almost anything now! So follow that niche thing that you want to be doing.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH OTHER CREATIVES from Kathleen 
I was really intimidated by the idea of networking after graduating from college. I thought “networking” was reserved for business majors and sorority girls, and I thought it was something you only did so you could get a job. Now I know that networking is just another way of saying “make friends with like-minded people.” My advice to my younger self would be to simply make friends with young creative professionals who will geek out about Wes Anderson films and typography with you… because in ten years you’re all going to be creative badasses. 

What advice would you give your younger self? Let us know on Facebook. 


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