20something profile: Anthony
Hey there! I’m Anthony.
I didn’t know the reactions I would be getting after I declared my major to “English;” all the raised eyebrows, the feigned interest, that unmistakable look in their eyes that said:
…you know that’s stupid, right?”
But I was like, bump that. I’m gonna study English and writing! It was hard, though — simply fighting against the waves of incredulity was difficult enough, not to mention reading 20 books a semester at about 2 essays a pop. My dad never dropped the whole military-route thing throughout college, but I didn’t care. I was doing what I loved, even if I had to constantly tell people no, I wasn’t planning on being a high school English teacher.
Anyway, I graduated from San Diego State University May ’12, and what’s up world, I got a full-time writing job! I’ve been careful to not overdo it, but man — if anyone out there studied creative arts like English, photography, media, and the like, you know how sweet it is when you actually get a legit job in that field.
Right now, I’m an editor and “content specialist” (I’m still not comfortable with that title — it sounds terrible, I know) with a startup marketing company. Anyone out there know about SEO? SEM? Well, me neither, until I started working at a marketing company! Pretty cool stuff, actually. Good stuff for bloggers to know.
Since I’ve graduated, I’ve had this dream of combining my passion for writing and helping people in the same boat as myself — so I finally did it! I just created my own blog, with a domain and everything, stuffgradslike.com. It’s entirely for people like you and me — college grads, 20-somethings who are looking for tips and tricks on how to save money, relationships, paying the bills, finding a job, and all that jazz.
If I had to give advice to my fellow graduates though, I’d say these words:
Life after college is a high-risk, high-reward lifestyle. I used to be afraid that life would never be as fun as high school, until I realized how awesome college was. And now I’m facing the same fear, but I’m slowly discovering that going on adventures, finding new friends, helping and serving people, and making your own path is profoundly fulfilling.
I’d invite you to do the same — even though it’s tough, hard, and stupid difficult; life after college can be full of friends, adventures, success, and joy.
I want to be someone who learns as much as I can, not only for myself, but so that I can share it with the entire world of college grads looking for encouragement, insight, and humor regarding this serious and intense time in life.