MEET EVELYN NGUGI

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Evelyn Ngugi

Meet recent UT grad Evelyn Ngugi.

Today, we’re unveiling the SALT blog’s latest contributor: Evelyn Ngugi, from ThePostCollegeLife.com! Evelyn’s letting us into her post-college life—her finances, her lessons learned, her shamble of a social life. Keep reading to learn more about her.  

Where is my bachelor’s degree, you ask? In an overpriced, official-looking mahogany Longhorn frame… under my bed.

Putting it up somewhere, however tacky, seems kind of pointless because as of right now, I haven’t put my degree to use. Long story short—I am an unemployed December 2011 graduate of UT Austin’s journalism program.

Short story long—I decided to use this downtime (it’s been 7 months!) to start a blog to document my experiences as a graduate and connect with others in similar places in life. I’m relatively new to the blogging world, as YouTube and vlogging are more my style, but one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel Wilkerson, once wrote, “If you are job searching and haven’t started a blog yet… holy sh*t, what are you waiting for?”

You may be on to something, Rachel. The only difference is that I haven’t been job searching, per se. I’ve been watching the Real Housewives of pretty much everywhere, doing sporadic freelance video editing, and really getting acquainted with my high-power juicer.

So how did I go from fresh-faced co-ed to sitting on my mother’s couch, sipping concoctions, and watching Nene and Kim go at it?

I GRADUATED… NOW WHAT?

I graduated a semester early, and while I started college knowing I’d be out in 3.5 years, it still threw me out of whack. While I had every intention of pursuing a journalism career, I never actually made strides to get this show on the road. It just didn’t click, you know?

Graduation didn’t feel very graduation-y, as the class I started school with still had a semester to go. There was no collective hustle and bustle of career fairing and résumé tweaking. So I moved back home, which my parentals were fine with.

During after-dinner conversations, they helped me realize that I’m a doer, not necessarily a planner. I didn’t make specific goals or map out a trajectory for my post-college life.

They were understanding and supportive of my decision to stay home and freelance a bit instead of dive into the real world. After all, I graduated early purely to save money, not to get a “head start” in the work force. I started paying back (very little amounts) of my loans, they co-signed for my first car, and I thought long and hard about what I wanted out of my life, my talents, and my degree.

So now, it’s July. I’ve been accepted into a fellowship with Village Voice Media, so I’m sweating bullets this summer as a reporter for the Phoenix New Times. From there, I’ll either be offered a job or officially start the frantic pursuit of full-time employment.

ENTERING ADULT LIFE

My goal as a journalist is to share stories and to create a platform for other 20-somethings, probably the most ridiculed age bracket in the blogosphere. We supposedly complain too much, work too little, and are obsessed with ourselves.

But some of you worked three jobs to pay for college out of your pocket—I want to celebrate you.

Some of you can’t find employment in your desired field—I want to encourage you.

And some of you just want to travel around Europe because you have the rest of your life to sit at a desk—I want you to share your itinerary!

In this space, I’ll be documenting our shift into adult life. May the transition be swift and sexy.

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