In May of 2010, I graduated with a degree in apparel merchandising and product development from Bowling Green State University. Because I had received my associate degree the year before from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, I thought finding a job would be a breeze. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Because I did not have a clue about which position I was interested in, I just applied for every job that I qualified for with my degree. I applied to be an assistant buyer, a merchandiser, a stylist, a visual merchandiser and even a fit model. Not only did I not get these jobs, but I didn’t get much of a response from any of them.
Counting down the days until my lease ended in August, I reached several breaking points where I felt like there had to be something I was doing wrong. I couldn’t even get a local job in the small city of Bowling Green to support my daily needs. Once I realized that the likelihood of finding a part-time summer job was slim, I decided to take my money-making into my own hands.
I had been writing for Associated Content on and off for years whenever I needed extra money, so I thought, “Why not do this full time to make my living?” So, every day, my best friend and I would get up early, find a place with free Wi-Fi and write for hours on end. We also found other websites to write for to guarantee we made enough money to pay our bills. Some of those sites included examiner.com, seed.com, textbroker.com, the contentauthority.com, and the list goes on. I had no clue there was such a huge market for freelance writers.
As the months drew on, I found that as tiring as writing really was, I was enjoying myself. I slowly realized that this could be something I did for the rest of my life. I had always loved writing and would love to make it a career. With this in mind, I began looking for jobs for writers. I dreamed of being a fashion writer for a magazine or even a small journal. But as I looked at these jobs, I realized that they required a degree in journalism, something I did not have.
One day while applying for jobs, it all hit me like a bolt of lightning hits a tree. What if I went back to school? Graduate school for journalism would be perfect. I had never thought of going to graduate school before, so when the idea came to me I was shocked. I began doing research and found several programs that I could qualify for that would also help me pay off tuition costs. As my idea grew more and more, it all fell into place.
I decided to go to graduate school in the fall of 2011 because I have yet to take the GRE or apply for scholarships. In the meantime, I am studying to take this exam and working to save money before then. On top of my daily writing, I am also working on writing my first nonfiction book, which I hope to finish before I start school next year. I could not be happier with how things have turned out. My job is much more fulfilling as a writer and if I had found any ordinary, part-time job I do not feel like I would have discovered how much I loved it. On top of enjoying my work and having my office be a different place every single day, I earned not only enough money to pay my bills, but enough to also enjoy my summer with my friends. They say sometimes, some things are so clear you see right through them, but I am joyous to have finally found my true passion, which led me to success despite the bad economy.