Sorry…! I’ve Been Busy!

Why, hello, hello. It sure has been quite some time, hasn’t it? Let’s see… like six months? Damn, feels like last week I was busting out two blogs a week. But, that was back when I had all the time in the world!

Now — well, not right NOW because I am on Christmas break — I am bombarded with college, two internships, my personal self, and student government. Please don’t think I am making excuses for not blogging! I am just stating a simple fact: I have no time to blog during the school year. I take on full credit-load semesters, work for Clarke University and Nicolosi | Galluzzo, LLP as a copywriter intern, and act as the school’s student body president. I am lucky I get time to eat and workout every day. (Honestly, it is a blessing I have time for these.)

But, as I stated, I am on Christmas break right now (for only a few more weeks). So, as I lay here in my bed watching my 40th movie or so, I thought I would fill everyone in on why I have not blogged. Yes, I could have blogged all Christmas break, but when you read, write, and mentally destroy yourself for 16 weeks straight, you kind of want to do nothing during the break. So, really, I have just slept, watched movies, lifted, and played Xbox for three weeks straight… and, I am not mad at all.

Anywho, I am glad you all have asked me where my blogs were at; honestly, it means a lot that people are interested in my writing. I am going to be 100% with you all. I most likely will not blog again after this break until I graduate. This semester will be ridiculously hectic. I have my English capstone, three other courses, I am applying for jobs in Chicago and apartment hunting, acting as the student body president, tying up loose ends before I graduate and move, and working on myself to create the best version of myself… On top of having a social life, working out, and just trying to enjoy last semester. I love blogging and will never give it up. But, I just do not have time right now, and I will start it back up after I settle in and start my career.

So, stay tuned… big things are coming… fashion, lifestyle, and everyday talk.

– Kyle Majerus

 

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End of Summer…

Well, the time has come… the end of summer, which officially ends for me on August 21st because of training for CONNECT and CONNECT itself. While this summer did fly by faster than I could have imagined, I can wholeheartedly say that it was an extraordinary and spectacular time filled with work experiences, internships, travel, developing close friendships, knocking things off my bucket list, and finding myself.

As a lay in my bed and stare at the raindrops sliding down my window, I cannot help but reflect on my summer and how much happened in such a short four months. It really is remarkable how much you can do in a mere few months.

First off, I have become the most healthy I have been in my entire life. Not only am I eating ridiculously well and keeping track on my calories, but I also hit the weight room hard this summer and made some serious strides there (still can’t tell, though). Mentally, I feel I am in a very fine place. I have conquered my anxiety (to an extent) and am so, so, so freaking happy with who I have become. I cannot help but smile every day because I am who I am. And, spiritually, I have come closer to God this summer and learned to put my full faith in Him! He has seriously made His presence known to me over the past two months, and for that, I thank Him.

Secondly, as I stated above, I love who I have become. Although it is damn near impossible to explain who I am in words, I think I can just classify myself as a “sophisticated hipster”? If that is even a thing? For those who know me personally, I think they would agree completely. I love artsy stuff, photography (if anyone has any camera recommendations, let me know. I am looking for one!), writing, journaling, brewing coffee, drinking craft beer, etcetera, etcetera.

 

Third, I was able to check JUST about everything off of my summer bucket list! I’ve eaten probably five — yep, that sounds about right — acai bowls at Charlotte’s, and they are literally everything I thought they would be. Also, I saw a Cubs’ win inside Wrigley Field, tried the phenomenal pizza pot pie (OH, MY LORD. IT WAS TO DIE FOR.), and visited the Art Institute of Chicago. The only thing I was not able to do was finish reading The Historian. I will be honest, I read like nine pages of it… haha. I just had so much more going on that I never got around to it. Oh well, there is always next summer.

 

Fourth, I have had some serious luck lately. In just two weeks, I won my JuneHouse backpack,  my Marcel Floruss safari-inspired collection, and found a $25 gift card. All I can really say is do good in this world and it will do good back.

Finally, I have decided to try something new: grow my beard out. Every year I try this once, but every year I either keep it to a stubble or shave it all off within two weeks. I can proudly say that I am going on 60 days right now with NO intentions on getting rid of it or trimming it; it suits me rather well!

(Photos are taken one week a part from each other beginning in July… Sorry for the last one just think it shows it better… haha.)

Well, Summer 2017, we have had our ups and downs, but I will miss you sincerely. You have blessed me with the best summer I have ever had, but it is time to get back into the school mindset and finish strong. Next summer at this time, I will have my Bachelor’s degree, moved to Chicago, have a big boy job, and adulting (Yikes!).

Until next time, summer.

– Kyle Majerus

“What Can You Even do with Your Degree?”

Ahh, the question that English majors (and other Humanities majors) hear on a daily basis. 

“What can you even do with your degree?”

This is not it either, we are likely to also hear:

“Oh, so you want to teach then?”

“Well, I mean, if it makes you happy…”

“How will reading and writing help you get a job?”

These really are great questions that concerned family and colleagues ask; however, they only are asking because they assume the negative connotation about English graduates is true: that they cannot find jobs.

After doing extensive research, meeting with college professors, and talking with companies, I am here to tell you that this simply is not true. English graduates can – and are – finding jobs in respectable career fields.

Typical careers English graduates are known to enter are Public Relations, Marketing, Management, Publishing, Editing, Freelance Writing, Teaching, and Journalism… just to name a few. Now, how exactly do English graduates land these jobs? The valuable skills they acquire from studying English. 

The English degree revolves around reading, analyzing, researching, synthesizing, writing, arguing, and more reading. English majors are used to reading 100-200 pages a night where they must pick out key concepts, find the main ideas, and discover patterns. By doing this, English majors develop strong analytical skills that are applicable to every career mentioned above. This skill is definitely applicable for Marketing Specialists, where part of their job is to discover patterns in sales to maximize profits and develop stronger sales strategies. 

 In addition, English majors must do extensive amounts of research on a certain topic and synthesize what they find. Being able to do hours of research and then combining that research into a coherent whole is a valuable skill English majors develop. Again, this skill can be utilized in every career choice above whether it is researching information for Marketing, Public Relations, or Journalism. 

The third skill English majors master is writing. Being able to write well is one of the most important skills that anyone can have. Imagine an employer looking at a resume and they notice “degree” or “address” is misspelled. Without a second thought, they are going to toss that resume into the trash and move on. Why? Because no one is going to hire an employee that does not proofread their work or have strong writing skills, it will reflect poorly on themselves and the company. Another scenario: an employee sends an important email to a potential investor and he/she misspells “Sincerely.” This would be deemed seriously unprofessional and could lose the investor’s business, again reflecting poorly on the employee and company. Public Relations Specialist require many skills, but strong writing skills are one of the most important. PR Specialists essentially are a liaison between their employer/company and the public or a client. Their array of duties includes, but are not limited to, writing press releases, writing speeches, contacting clients via email or telephone, contacting the media for potential stories via email or telephone, planning and hosting events, and attending events. Notice how each duty requires writing in some way, and they need to have concrete writing skills to use every day on the job. Two other careers that require outstanding writing skills are Editing and Freelance Writing, obviously. 

Next, English majors learn how to manage their time to meet the multiple deadlines they have. Instead of reading 150 pages, writing two 14-page papers, and starting research for another paper all in one day, they spread it out over time so they are not bombarded with stress to meet the deadlines. Two career choices this correlates to are Journalism and Public Relations. Both careers require juggling important tasks and projects that all need to be completed on time. The time-management skills English majors develop are helpful and needed in these two demanding fields. 

The final skill that I am highlighting (there are way more, I promise) is being able to communicate effectively and efficiently. English majors not only read, research, and write all the time, but they also argue their points and analyses in the classroom. The result of always conveying their thoughts and ideas to other people is strong communication skills. This skill will make a difference when at an interview, conducting a meeting, meeting with investors, discussing work with bosses and other employees, and/or hosting an event. 

It is important to note that these are not the only eight career fields for English graduates or five skills they develop. The career choices and skills developed can vary depending on graduate school, double majoring, acquiring a minor or two, and/or doing an internship.

I would also like to point out that majoring in “X” does not guarantee someone a job in “Y.” There is so much more than a degree that gets someone a job. Graduates can make themselves more marketable by volunteer work, completing an internship or two, picking up a hobby that can be valuable in the long run (such as a blog), and taking on as many leadership opportunities and roles as possible. 

Just remember, that in the end, a degree does not define whom you are or your future. 
-Kyle Majerus