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The Waiting Game

It’s that time of year again.

No, not the time of year when your Instagram feed is blowing up with pictures of UP’s cherry blossoms, or the time of year when Portland weather makes us so happy we almost cry (and then we actually do cry because the rain starts again).

It’s that time of year when we play the waiting game.

It feels so similar to senior year of high school – although, it is seemingly much more stress-inductive than senior year was. We at least had multiple choices then – if anything, we had a state school or community college to fall back on if our number one choices for college (or even our safety schools) ended up not wanting us to “contribute to their student body.”

Now, our summers are expected to be spent either knee-deep in internships or summer jobs, or knee-deep in applications for summer jobs. We write cover letter after cover letter, essentially breaking our backs (read: begging HR departments) to get noticed or get call backs for our dream jobs or internships.

We sit and nail bite and page turn and write more letters and send more updates and finish more clips, only to be greeted by … silence. But then we hear a peep – oh, the majestic sound of the peep! – and we hold tight to the sliver of hope that they have seen something in your cover letter or resume that impressed them enough (or eventually annoyed them enough) to prod them into reaching out to you.

Even when we do get the coveted interview, even if it is over the phone or Skype, it’s almost as if we then slip into fight or flight – it’s when we either dive into preparation mode and begin forcing all of our closest friends to do mock interviews with us, or we curl up into a little ball at the prospect of having to be so prepared that this complete stranger could ask us any question they wanted and if it’s not what they want to hear or listen to, they don’t have to. It’s that simple.

And so we continue to wait – but fear not, my fellow 363ers!

We shall hear the ring of the phone! We shall receive the email bearing good news! We shall be given the coveted job/internship!

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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