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Leaving IUP with Great Memories: Jasmine Childs

Only a few days away from graduation, and it still hasn’t hit me. It feels like just yesterday I transferred to IUP. Every time someone even mentions the word graduation I kind of cringe. Right now is bittersweet, as many soon-to-be graduates would say. 

It’s bitter because I’m really going to have to grow up; college was kind of used as a crutch but to think about going into the real world and paying back loans gives me a headache. Plus just the thought of leaving my apartment to move back home makes me want to cry. It will be sweet because I’m getting ready to begin a new chapter in my life.

I’m leaving IUP with great memories, crazy stories and people that will be in my life forever. There is so much that I have planned for myself, and the time has come to get to where I want to be.

After I take my walk, I’ll begin my internship at Cumulus Media in Harrisburg, PA. Cumulus Media is a business that runs several radio stations—I’ll be interning in the promotions department. I’m excited but also nervous because I want to do the best I can (hopefully get offered a job!).  I’m really excited because one of the events that I’ll be working at is the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concert!

During the time of my internship I plan to work, travel and nurture my soul by going to some jazz festivals and art exhibits and possibly take a painting class.

It took me such a long time to get to where I am now. When I transferred to IUP in 2010, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with myself and that is the most frustrating thing to deal with.

My advice to freshmen or someone who is still trying to find themself is to know what you’re good at and go from there. Also, do as much as you can! Be a double major, and join clubs that pertain to your career field and personal interest. Lastly, remember why you are in college. I’ve seen plenty of people lose themselves in the college life.


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