Life After KWC

Jeremy Henderson, Staff Writer

    After getting your cap and gown, life after college begins to knock at your door. You’ve been preparing for years for your first job that you want to make a career. Sipping your coffee the morning before graduation, you think about the right, the wrong, and the terrifying. You contemplate moving far away because there were no jobs locally. Hopefully, your car will survive on the raging interstate for four hundred miles. The job waiting for you may not last; it may not work out. There’s going to be new faces that you’ve only met on Skype. Having to leave family is easy for you because they vow to visit you twice a year. Your significant other wants to continue your relationship long-distance. For an apartment, you have three thousand dollars saved up for a deposit, rent, and initial utilities. Your stuff is packed and you finish your coffee in silence.

    Graduation was a success and in two days you’re loading your car down with all your belongings. There’s clothes, dry foodstuffs, soap, dish liquid, a mop, textbooks, headphones, and other items you can’t live without. Don’t forget to set your alarm. Two days pass and you say your goodbyes to all your loved ones. On the interstate, you begin to feel homesick until a song on the radio cheers you up.

    You arrive at your new apartment and pay all the fees. Pulling your stuff out of the car, everyone appears to be watching you. People are nosy. The keys to your new apartment break in the door and you have to call maintenance. When you finally get into your apartment, it is dark and the electricity is out. You put your stuff away using light from your smartphone until power is restored. It has been a rough day and you hit the bed anticipated your first day of work tomorrow.

    The next morning you get dressed for work and skip breakfast. On your way to work you get a little lost. When you finally make it to work, you are twenty minutes late for your first day. Your boss is out sick, so you won’t get to meet him for another week. Your coworkers seem nice inviting to lunch. A coworker named Alex trains you on your job the first day and you take notes vigorously. Alex shows you how to clock in and out for your shift. You ask hundreds of questions and apply everything you learned in college to your training sessions. Now you have to watch a video on work ethics and sexual harassment. At the end of the day, you clock out with several coworkers and they invite you to go bowling. You decide to go to not be rude; nevertheless, you start thinking this is not the life you dreamed of in college.

    The next morning you start putting in applications online for new jobs and you show up at work on time to clock in like you were instructed. Your boss is back to work earlier than expected. He greets you in a fresh suit and tie. He comments on your apparel saying, “I’d like for you to tuck your shirt into your pants and buy a belt.” You agree and he leads you to the morning meeting where everyone is waiting to be briefed at the jobsite. You immediately recognize everyone you met your first day, but there are many new faces. There’s also a police officer. The police officer is talking to everyone in the morning meeting about people breaking into vehicles in the parking lot outside your workplace. You start saying to yourself, “I really hope one of those other jobs call me from the applications I submitted this morning.”

    By the end of your second day at your new job, your boss has insulted you multiple times. He throws an impossible workload on you and asks you to stay late. He brings you lunch, but you can’t eat fish because you’re allergic to soy. Your coworkers act like they don’t know you. Thank God. The next morning a new job calls you. This is life after college for many.