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Excitement and Apprehension

Hello everyone and welcome back to another semester at your mountain home! My name is Kelley Northam, and I am the Career Center intern for this semester. I am a senior double majoring in communication and history, and I also work as a Writing Center tutor here on campus. When I’m not interning, writing, or editing, you can most likely find me taking a walk on the Di Nunzio trail, fueling my coffee addiction at the Mount Café or bingeing my favorite TV show, The Office.

northam-in-text.jpgI’m beyond ecstatic to serve as the writing intern for the Career Center this semester. Throughout the semester, I will publish various career-related articles here in the Career Corner blog and the Mountain Echo newspaper. Whether you are a senior or a first-year, biology major or theology major, first-generation student or legacy student, my goal is provide useful and relevant career tips to you as you progress through your unique college journey.

I’m sure that my fellow seniors can relate to the strange combination of excitement and apprehension that has accompanied the first few days of senior year. Likewise, I’m sure that seniors can recall a similar feeling of both excitement and apprehension during those first few days as first-year students. As we live a digital world where we can get answers almost instantly, when we do face the unknown, the fear is very real. For seniors, this fear may be getting a job after college. For juniors, this may be the fear of sharing an apartment. For sophomores, it may be the fear of more rigorous courses. And for first-year students, it may be the fear of adapting to college life.

None of us have to face these fears alone. Not only are there numerous resources to help you ease these anxieties, including our amazing Career Center, but there also are approximately 1,817 people in close proximity who can relate to exactly what you’re feeling right now. As the semester begins to unfold, don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to your fellow Mounties, because it’s likely that someone is feeling or has felt those same fears.

Regardless of where you are in your college career, everyone shares the common thread of being Mount students who want to succeed. Don’t let the fear of the unknown trick you into thinking you’re not going to succeed at college or beyond. Your success doesn't reside within the unknown; it comes from within!