Monday, October 26, 2015

The BIG Question: What Are You Doing After College?

Happy Monday friends!

I don't know about you, but I have really been struggling with the big and terrifying question all college students face.


I actually have a love-hate relationship with this question, because who doesn't like of thinking of all the possibilities after college? This girl loves it. I love the idea of endless possibilities. I really do, but the other more realistic side of myself loves to send me back to reality and mess with my head. It likes to make me worry about how I'm going to pay the bills and how I am supposed to do what I love while still making a living. Just minor details ya know?...If it were only that simple.

So, how does one fix this dilemma? I'll tell ya, and it's kinda obvious.

You have to figure out what you really want to do, and start doing things today that will help you get there.

I mentioned this in a previous blog post about How To Deal With College When You Feel Stuck.

Some people have a plan like, "I'm going to be a teacher, or a nurse, or I'm going to go to law school." And to those people I say AWESOME. You know what you want to do, but I hate to break it to you, ya ain't done yet! You need to figure out where you want to work, where you will start out, what's your specialty, where you want to live, what law school you want to attend, the list goes on and on.

I'm sorry if I just made you more stressed, but these things should also excite you. You should want to think about these things because it should be fun! Don't you find it fun to plan these things? I know I do.

I also know that things won't always go as planned. I am 99% sure you won't get your dream job right out of college. Instead of being a pediatric nurse in the obstetrics unit, you may have to start as a general med/surg floor nurse. You probably won't get to teach at your dream school right off the bat, and unless your mommy or daddy is a head-honcho lawyer, you probably won't make partner at a law firm straight outta college. But that's how life works people. You aren't handed things, you work for them, and the things you do now will help you out later.

So get your booty movin'! Dream big and run after what you want!

As for what I'm doing? Well, I'm in the middle of trying to nail myself an internship before senior year. Other than that, I have an idea as to what I want to do. Actually, I have a pretty detailed plan, but it still needs some work. I know what I want to do in the long run, but getting there is another story. So, guess what?! We're probably in the same boat. We might know what we want in the long run, but how to get there? Ehh, maybe not so much.

Who else can join the Clueless Club? Membership is at an all time high!

No worries though. Things will all work out in God's timing. I know He has quite the plan for us, and it will all be for His glory.

Don't let the question of what your future career plans are paralyze you. Don't lose sleep over it. See it as a huge, ginormous opportunity, because it is. Trust that God will get you where He wants you, and also in His timing.

I would really really REALLY love to hear you guys' future career goals! Catch me on social media or be a doll and leave me a comment below!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

How To Make an Inspiration Wall on Brick

Happy Monday! I hope it has been good to you.

This weekend I caught the creative bug and decided to spruce up by dorm room a bit more. I don't know about you, but this girl has to have constant inspiration, and what better way to do that than to make an inspiration wall?

The only problem is, is that I am a college student. Translation: No money to blow on fun decorations and my transportation to gather supplies is me, myself, and I. No car, no bus, no bike.

On top of that, my space that I wanted to decorate is brick, and Scotch tape isn't brick's best friend.

Seems like one big MESS right now but I promise, I have the solution! So...

This is all you need:
Duct tape
Scotch tape
Google (for looking for images)

So, Google or find some pictures, print and cut them out, and then get ready to tape those suckers to the wall.

Now, the key to attaching photos to a brick wall is duct tape. Before you attach any pictures, line the wall with duct tape, and then use scotch tape to tape your photos to the duct tape-lined wall. No more reattaching pictures every two seconds! #winning

It's that easy! Insta inspo.

Here's my final product, what is yours? I'd love to see it!

A photo posted by Katelyn Kozak (@kdkozak) on

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

5 Things Nobody Tells You About College

Hello fellow college students!

By now, you are a few weeks into classes and finally starting to get the hang of things. You've had your first exam and you've turned in that paper that really wasn't that bad to write. You've also had your fair share of surprises, awkward moments, and lots of learning moments. Let's be honest, probably more of those than you can count. I am learning and going through college right along side you. Before starting college, I swear I read every post out there on things nobody tells you about college. I read all the college hack posts that I came across and even watched countless YouTube videos on the subject. But they all said the same things. 

"Use good time management, use your planner, always use shower shoes, go to class, get involved, call your parents, make connections, go on school trips, travel abroad, clean your room, workout to avoid the Freshman 15, don't eat past eight o'clock, always carry pepper spray, get good grades, don't do stupid stuff, get a campus job, blah blah BLAH."


I get it. 

Now please hush. 

I've had enough of that. 

Now, can someone please be a doll and tell me some things that aren't common sense? Tell me stuff that I didn't know. Tell me things that I can actually find useful.

Well, if no one else will do it, then I will. I'll tell you the things you really need to know. I'll skip the common sense crap and get down to the stuff that no one else wants to talk about. So here it is.

1. You WILL do bad on occasional tests/papers/quizzes etc.
This is pretty much a given at some point during your college career. You study for days and days and stay up late to prepare... but then you end up bombing it. You completely fail, and you don't know why. To be honest, that was me last week. I studied and studied and studied some more for two tests and two quizzes. And guess what? I bombed the two tests and did well on the two quizzes. Was I upset? Heck yes I was! But then I realized something. 5 years down the road, it really isn't going to matter. One bad test in a class isn't going to tank your life. Now, I'm not saying that bombing every test is okay. It's definitely not, but you shouldn't let it bother you to the point that you end up questioning your career choice or major. That's a big no no and will not lift your spirits any faster. Take the grade, and let it motivate you to kill the next one!

2. You will miss home.
Oh, I know that this is a given but let me explain. Missing home as in more like FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). You will feel like you are missing out on things at home, and let's be honest, we all know you are. I'm right there with you. You are missing the football games and community events. For all my small town homies out there, we miss the familiar faces and drive by waving. We miss going to the one store in town and knowing personal stuff about half the people in there. Going to college is big, no matter how small it is. There are all these people and you don't know everyone. Which is weird. But, when you think about it, all the people back home are missing out on what you are doing at college. You have all these cool events at school that they don't get to be a part of either. So, someone is always missing out on something. Have fun where you are and realize that it's okay to not be a part of everything. You will make memories in college that you won't want to ever give up. It's kind of cool being able to make your own memories by yourself sometimes. That's special. 

3. You will continually learn about what you want to do after college.
Everyone knows that you will switch majors about 928488398 times before you finally settle on your "dream major". What they don't tell you is that even after you pick that major, you will continually be learning about what you do and don't want to do within that field. You don't just wake up one day, stretch, and all of the sudden get smacked with the exact idea of what you want to do. Life doesn't play nice like that. Perfect example right here. I thought I wanted to work with all sorts of small businesses through marketing and design because I LOVE small businesses and design. Every time I see a well designed business, I feel an overwhelming urge to epically fist bump the owner and say "Your business is ON POINT my small business bud, here is a gold star from Katelyn. Congrats! You have officially made it in my book. Keep up the good work because your place is crackalackin'!" But then I realized that even though I like design and marketing small businesses, I actually don't want to do that long term. Instead, I then wanted to work with cafes and small restaurants. I thought about doing consulting work for them, but then it turns out that deep down, what I really want, and I think what I have always wanted, is to have my own business. Moral of the crazy story is to keep narrowing it down until you find what you really want to do. Find where your niche is, and then dive in no matter how crazy it may seem.

4.  You find out that Jesus is all you really need.
We can say that Jesus is all we really need, but really believing it is another. That moment when you realize that you are all alone up at college with no familiar church, friends, or family, you really learn that He is all you need. I'm not really sure how to describe it except for that moment that your like, "Hey, I am okay. Actually, I am great because the only One I need is here, and He isn't going anywhere. No matter what, or where I go, I have Him to depend on. I have His Word and He is all I really need." When you learn to depend on Him and Him alone, you have peace. Sure, it's still hard, but you have Christ to lean on. What else could you possibly need?


5. You learn that a degree is just a piece of paper.
This semester has taught me many things so far, but the big one is that your degree is, ultimately, just a piece of paper. Yes, it shows that you have done a required number of things, but it doesn't ultimately measure how much you know or what your potential is. It doesn't measure how much knowledge that you have acquired in real life from your experience and connections. It doesn't measure how much you've learned outside of the classroom, and it certainly doesn't measure your worth as a person. Many times I see people bashing others based on how much education they have. A degree is just a piece of paper and I wholeheartedly believe that a person with a two year degree (or no degree for that matter) can, in fact, know more than a person with a Ph.D. It's what you do with your degree and the outside work you put in that really matters. The world these days doesn't look at all a person has to offer. It often times only looks at the degree and letters behind the name. Hard work, dedication, passion, integrity, continuous learning, and making connections by putting yourself out there can take you places. Never underestimate the power of good ole fashion hard work.

Turns out, my major is made up of things that could be self-taught. The major is so new that my professors are learning along side of us students. They have made it clear that it's possible to learn the required skills without taking the classes, and while it's frustrating that I'm paying thousands for skills that can be self taught, I appreciate the honesty. However, it just goes to show that society is so caught up on the piece of paper that they fail to realize other aspects of people's abilities. I know this last one was long, but what I have gathered from college is that it's the outside learning, experience, practice, hard work, dedication and having a open mind to continuous learning that really matters in the end. It doesn't always take a certain degree in order to 'make it' in this world. Yes. Having a degree is absolutely wonderful,and we all know it is many times necessary. But if you don't have the mindset and work ethic behind the degree, it turns into just a piece of paper. So, while you are getting your degree, take time to make connections, develop that hard working spirit, do some solo research, and learn outside the classroom, because that can take you farther than your degree alone can. 

So, what are some things that nobody told you about college?

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