Dawn R.:”No one else has the privilege or responsibility of living my life, so I better be clear on whose opinions influence me.”Posted by admin
University of Chicago
Class of 2001
First Job After Graduation: Cold Calling for the Ballet in Washington D.C.
Number of Jobs since graduation: 23
Current Job: Self-Employed Consultant/Writer (see her website HERE)
Marital Status: Single
When I was preparing to graduate from college I felt…
Invincible. I fell hook, line, and sinker for the belief that a college degree would magically open doors for me. However, I quickly learned that being a kind and active community member was of more value than a degree itself. After graduation, I moved to DC. I’m really gregarious, so from the moment I arrived I started talking to people as I walked around. The people I met, rather than my degree from a prestigious university, helped me find and land my first big job.
My biggest fear about graduating was…
Debt. I needed a job that would enable me to chip away at my student loans. I chose to move to Washington DC in September 2001, where I had no job but many prospects. Eleven days later, however, 9-11 changed everything. The D.C. economy slowed and the job market dried up. My fear about paying off my debt was as present as ever.