Been there, have a million Red Coat Band T-Shirts, now what?

**Originally posted August 9, 2009**


I am asking myself this question fairly constantly, every single day (and sometimes at night).  I am nowhere near where I thought I’d be by this time in my life, and I don’t quite know what to make of it.  I graduated from high school six years ago.  I graduated from college eight months ago.  And today, the most exciting thing I did was put clean sheets on the bed and ride my bike at the park.  Now, let me assure you, this lack-of-a-job thing isn’t for lack of wanting or trying.  It’s more of an our-economy-blows and a what-do-I-actually-want-to-do? type thing.  Two separate problems, yes, but compounded they make the job hut quite a daunting task.

I’m not a big fan of being behind, not living up to expectations, aiming low, setting for mediocrity, etc, etc. I have never been comforted by being in the middle of a population of any sort, be it in musical talent, academic ability, you name it.  Part of this is due, I believe, by the crazy standards of public education and the insane grading procedures used to define students, but that’s really a topic for another post.  But, knowing this about myself, I decided to do a little research and find out exactly what groups I DO fit into.   Right now, more than ever in my life, I feel like I could be better described by a statistic in the economy section of USA Today than anything else.  So, in rough numbers, here’s a rough estimate of me.  I am:


  • 1 of about 2 million recent college graduates who are without a job
  • 1 of 253,000 living alumni of the University of Georgia
  • 1 of 8,885 freshman accepted into UGA for fall of 2003 (6,102 actually went)
  • Of those 6,102 freshman, I am part of the 75.8% of them who took (at least) 5 years to graduate 
  • 1 of 2,553 undergraduates to receive a diploma from UGA in December of 2008
  • 1 of the 34-36% of Americans who consider themselves Democrats
  • 1 of the 17% of Americans born with blue eyes
  • 1 of the 56% of pet owners who own two cats (Mine are two of the 88.3 million owned cats in the United States)
  • 1 of the 3.2% of people with type AB+ blood
There you have it.  I’m inclined not to put a lot of stock into basing the definition of myself on national statistics, because according to what I could find, the most exciting and unique thing about me is my blood type, and let’s face it, that’s just sad.  But I am the “Universal Donor” so I could save some of your lives with my uniqueness if need be, but still, that’s not really enough for me hang onto.  

So.  What am I going to do now, you ask?  I have applied for jobs until my eyes are crossed.  There are some I really, really wanted and some where I was like, do I really want to spread asphalt on the highway?  And I hear egg donors make good money, but I don’t think I can handle knowing that I had a kid out there somewhere that I didn’t know about.  So, until I either hear back from, have an interview with, or get hired by some of my top picks, I’m going to settle for subbing in the public schools around my home.  I’m going through some processes to figure out *what* exactly it is I want to do, and in the mean time, I’d like to do something besides watch all 10 seasons of FRIENDS in three weeks.  Again.

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