Post-Grad Life Updates Part II: From Auburn to NYC and Beyond + Amazon Giveaway

Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. Check out this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. Check out this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. Check out this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Southern fashion blogger, GoodTomicha, styles fuzzy, pink sweater from the lot! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. Check out this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. This leopard clutch and this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft are my latest obsessions! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. Check out this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com Hi! I'm Tomi. I'm a southern fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves color. Check out this fuzzy, pink sweater from the Loft! It's super soft and can be worn standard and off the shoulder. Check out the blog post to shop! GoodTomiCha.com

Outfit Details:

Sweater: Loft (on sale!) // White Denim: Gap // Clutch: Nordstrom // Heels: Target (these are under $30 dupes for the Steve Madden pair! ) Earrings: Baublebar

*Notes on my outfit: This sweater is currently 60% off and it’s literally sooo soft. I wish it came in multiple colors! You can also wear it on the shoulder in addition to off. Ok, now for the fun post-grad updates! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway!

Welcome to my so-called (Post-Grad) life

Attention all college graduates: the moment you walk across that stage, life truly begins. lol DUH. Don’t you love how people always try to remind you this? In all honesty, I’m in a smooth transition to full adulthood since my post-grad life won’t fully begin until 2019. But in the months after my graduation in December 2016, it took me a while to remember I was on my own. I moved from tiny college town Auburn, Alabama to the Big Apple. Just a small transition, right? But I was ready. I’ve known I wanted to live in a big city ever since I was younger and people knew my entire family history in my hometown in Georgia.

I got 500 sq. ft. apartment in Brooklyn and 2 random roommates (technically 3 thanks to an ever-present boyfriend 🙄 ) I found in a Facebook housing group. The housing situation barely bothered me though because of the incredible experience I would have for the next 6 months. I got to intern with one of the coolest companies in the world, INSIDER!

From viral food videos to unique beauty routines, we scouted, produced, and shared it all. I share a little bit more of my life as a social media intern for INSIDER in this blog post.  As a blogger, it was a dream come true. I was able to learn so much from working in media while also sharing the talents I already possessed from my blog. An old friend from Auburn introduced me to a wonderful community of friends that kept me laughing the entire time I was in the city. By the end of my internship, I seriously considered rejecting my acceptance to Clemson and staying in New York, but I’m so glad I didn’t! It’s a great place to live while you’re young, but I could never see myself there long-term.With the cost of living, my relationship with my boyfriend, and the opportunity to grow my career being better in the South, I moved back.

Clemson:

I’ve always known I wanted to work in business (despite graduating with a degree in Kinesiology. LONG story lol). The choice to pursue my MBA at Clemson had many factors. One of the biggest reasons was how I immediately felt a sense of community and support. The Clemson family is real! The program also allows me to graduate in a little under 2 years, be close to my family, cost-efficient, AND a great alumni-network. *Pro-tip for recent/future grads: This is really the best way to further your career, but especially in business. Since I’ve started in August I’ve been able to take courses I’ve really been interested and not just a class I have to take for my major! Graduate school requires a little bit more self-discipline because of the lack of restrictions, but I’m loving my program so far.

Summer 2018:

Because I worked less than two years full-time after graduating from Auburn, I have to complete an internship. Searching for internships could basically be a skill I add on my resume because I’ve done it so much! This will be my 4th and with each invaluable experience, I’m always grateful I found the opportunity. I’m excited and proud to say that I’ve accepted an internship with Intel in San Francisco for the summer! If you do the little “Intel bong” every time you hear their name, you’re not alone lol. I’ve never been to California and it’s my dream to work with an established company when I finish my degree, so this could not be more perfect!

If you’ve visited San Francisco before, please leave me your travel guide tips below! I want to squeeze in as much as possible in those 3 months. I’m sorry for the novel. :) If you guys would like to see how I prep for interviews, have questions about grad school, or how I use my blog to find these opportunities post-grad, feel free to message me! If I get enough responses, I might just write a blog post about it.

West Coast, here I come!

P.S.  If you’re looking for a job outside of something you graduated, I hope this is inspiring! There are so many careers now that require you to have stronger “soft-skills” and emphasize how they can teach you technical things on the job. All of your previous experience is valuable. Find ways that it could be applicable to the career of your dreams!

 

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13 Responses to Post-Grad Life Updates Part II: From Auburn to NYC and Beyond + Amazon Giveaway

  1. Aitza B says:

    Girl that is so freaking amazing. Sending you all the good vibes and well wishes.

  2. Ashley says:

    I just visited San Francisco! It is fun, but it can be expensive! Make sure you find a good suburb near bye such as Dublin or Pleasanton! It can also be a bit chilly so be sure to bring a light jacket and jeans.

  3. Rach says:

    Congrats girl you are doing amazing things! You got a lot going which is awesome!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  4. Aly says:

    Pink! Love that sweater and your style! Wishing you the best on such a bright future!
    xoxo,
    aly

  5. Jackie says:

    Love love love that sweater, and I am adding it to my cart now!! I also graduate in Dec 2016 and made the move to NYC to start my job working for Dateline NBC — While I love my job it is so hard to be away from family (I’m originally from Chicago and also went to school there) so this makes it tempting for me to find something back home, so I don’t end up here long term! Then again, maybe it will grow on me…

    • Thank you about the sweater! Seriously won’t regret it. And yay! What school did you go too? That’s an amazing opportunity right out the gate! I understand missing your family, but I would look at it that this is the time for that great experience of living in a big city. If I didn’t go to school down here, I would’ve stayed in NYC for at least 5-7 years. It’s a magical opportunity that I think only works when you’re young haha. But you live in Chicago so I’m sure you’ll find something equally great there!

  6. Mary says:

    What great experiences you have already!! Seriously, you’ve accomplished so much right out of the gate! You should be super proud! :) I have never been to SF, but I look forward to living vicariously through your adventures. You’re so right about the graduating with certain degrees not pigeon-holing yourself– my husband was an econ major at Notre Dame and now writes software and apps! Just like my sister was a psych/Spanish major at my alma mater, Saint Mary’s College, and now she is in human resources! :):) I’m so glad I found your blog!
    xxoo
    Mary
    http://www.BelleOnTrend.com

  7. Gabby says:

    You’re going to love the west coast !! Congratulations on the internship; I know you are going to kill it 🙌🏾
    xo,
    G
    theswirlblog.com

  8. Dean Belk says:

    I have visited San Francisco several times. The lady I’ve been dating, Kelly, has been allot for work. She knows and supports through work, several people out there.

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