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Published: College Was Great! Now What?

College Was Great! Now What?   by Jennifer E Snyder // Exclusively on  The Snippet App

I don't know about you, but I sure remember feeling lost after graduation. I've always had a deep desire to start my own business, but no one around me ever talked about freelancing or business ownership as an option. Taking time off to travel seemed out of reach and I recall feeling as though I was just ready to make a decent living. I was supposed to hustle and find a 9-to-5, so that's what I did. Now, don't get me wrong: both paths are wonderful—I just remember my guts pulling me one way and society pulling me another.

Recently, I had a chance to share what I've learned since that trying time and I'm excited to announce that I've compiled nearly 10 years worth of trial and error into a multimedia ebook published on The Snippet App!

The Snippet App

As I mentioned last month, after publishing an ebook about touring the national parks, the Snippet publishing platform allows writers to tell their stories in a way that most digital platforms just can't match.

For College Was Great! Now What?, I was able to set up a fascinating audio interview with Alexis Grant regarding career advice and reached out to some amazing recent graduates—including Bethany Cummings, who decided to crowdfund her post-graduate program in New York City this summer. 

If you'd like purchase the book to read on the web, you can sign up for a Snippet account and download the book here. If you'd like to take it with you on-the-go, you can do so for iOS (Apple) mobile devices by downloading the Snippet App on iTunes and then heading to the business category. 

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As always, thank you for your support, my friends. Happy reading!


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Now + Then

Now + Then //  The Journal  //  jenniferesnyder.com/blog

When I was tagged by Kory to offer up a "Now + Then" post, I took some time to read through the posts from those who have participated in the past. I must admit, I'm a few years older than you all! Because it's been nearly 10 years since I graduated from college (gulp), I thought I'd reminisce about the early college years. 

Here we go!


NOW // 2014 

Thank goodness for professional photographers.

Thank goodness for professional photographers.


Crushing on:

My husband (cheesy, I know… but I can’t help myself!).


Watching:

Dexter (catching up), Justified, Parenthood and The Voice (guilty pleasure alert!)


Listening to:

Pretty much everything I listened to in college, alongside new favorites like Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Civil Wars, Florence & The Machine and Lorde


Reading:

I read for fun now that the pile of assigned reading is gone. I read magazines regularly to see which publications might take submissions and I try to keep up with my favorite blogs as much as possible.


Style:

I try to keep it simple. Lots of denim, flats, blazers, flowy tops and sweaters. I no longer frequent the tanning salon. My skin thanks me, daily.


Hair:

I recently cut my hair to my jaw line, but I tend to like it long with layers. I also quit dying my hair about four years ago and haven’t looked back.


Leisure:

Travel, outdoor adventure, cooking, home improvement and reading.


Attitude:

Work hard at things that inspire me and know that my path doesn’t need to look like the paths of others. 


Dreams:

What am I not dreaming about? My life list sums it up quite nicely.  


Life Plan:

Travel, work, explore, create, travel. Repeat.

 

THEN // College: The Early Years

So grateful that social media had yet to catch on.

So grateful that social media had yet to catch on.


Crushing on:

I honestly can’t remember, but I know I was awfully fond of Tim McGraw.


Watching:

Friends, Gilmore Girls, Felicity and ER
 


Listening to:

Ben Harper, Nora Jones, Beastie Boys, G. Love & The Special Sauce, Faith Hill, LeAnne Womack (and everything else on CMT) 
 


Reading:

I was an English major.
Think: books upon books and not much time for anything else.

 


Style:

I was big on linen pants and peasant tops for some reason (I blame Rachel from Friends). I also thought of my tan as an accessory. Yuck.


Hair:

High maintenance! Long layers, flat ironed every day. Lots of highlights and low lights (again, think Rachel in the later years).


Leisure:

School and work kept me pretty busy, but I definitely enjoyed a good house party or day at the river.


Attitude:

Study hard, prove yourself and please other people.
 


Dreams:

To start my own business. 
 


Life Plan:

Graduate, get a good job, buy a house and get married. Turns out, there is life after all of that business! :)


So, there you have it. Thankfully, I've grown up a bit over the last decade or so. Anyone else glad to have grown out of certain habits and pastimes?  

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I'm going to follow Liz's lead and tag anyone who's interested in sharing their own "Now + Then" post. Just be sure to stop by and link up in the comment section if you play along!


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A Look Back: 10 Years Ago

So much can happen in a decade. People grow. Interests fade. And yet, we march on. We connect with communities, nurture relationships and seek inspiration. In the spirit of the upcoming "holiday" associated with love, I'd like to remember a few events from 10 years ago that will forever inspire me to appreciate the people, places and things I love most.


In February of 2003, I went to England.

In fact, 10 years ago today I was waking up in another country for the first time.

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I had decided to take a semester off between junior college and university and, if I'm being honest, the opportunity to visit England with my aunt and nana was a big reason for that break. We were only going to be there 12 days, but I didn't want to lessen the excitement of travel by lugging along giant text books and prepping for make-up exams.

We visited every tourist spot we could find: Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare's Globe, Harrod's, you name it. We also had a chance to visit family. My napa, papa, dad, aunt and uncle came to America by ship in the 1950's, but we still have family across the pond. Meeting some of them for the first time was definitely a highlight.

I'm sad to say that I haven't traveled outside of the United States since then -- not even to Canada or Mexico! We've had such a great time visiting places here in the U.S. and haven't really felt the pull from far away places -- yet. That said, we're in the process renewing our passports. We're always watching the travel deals and you never know when an overseas travel opportunity might present itself, right? Right.


I opened my first email from my husband 10 years ago.

This guy. I'm not sure that I've really written about it here, but my husband and I met online 10 years ago. Mmmmhmmm... that's back when we had dial-up, ya'll.

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I specifically remember heading to the lobby of our London hotel to check my email because I only checked it once the entire trip. I paid the nominal fee to use the computer, logged on and there it was: a match.com email from the man I would marry. A few short weeks after my return, we went on our first date and the rest, as they say, is history! We got married in 2008 (photo above) and have been attempting to live life to the fullest ever since. It's hard to believe that we met nearly 10 years ago, but I'm so glad we did.

Can we take a moment and raise a glass to the internet? People thought we were nuts to be searching online for love. Yes, we were young and everyone else was meeting in bars (I'm not even going to begin discussing the success rate of those encounters), but we gave it a shot... and it worked.


10 years ago, I had no clue how studying literary greats would shape my future.

If you told me 10 years ago that I would be reading and understanding Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in Old English or delving into the authorial intent behind the works in Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem, I would have called you crazy.

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While I was taking a semester off from school 10 years ago, I was also preparing to finish up my English degree at California State University, Sacramento.

You must know this: I have terrible handwriting, I can't speak in public to save my life and I produce fairly crappy first drafts. However, I have read great works.

I learned more about Native American history through literature than I would have ever learned from a textbook. I had time to absorb both the classics and contemporary works. I studied authors who dedicated their lives to the appreciation of nature (they've had a profound influence, if you hadn't noticed).

I was also a writer 10 years ago. I wasn't paid for my work and the results of my efforts were often questionable, but I wrote everyday -- in notebooks, on the old Compaq, in the margins -- and I loved it.


It's amazing how much can change in 10 years, but what really strikes me is just how much remains the same. While there have been bumpy roads and uninspiring moments, I'm still exploring a love of travel, building a true partnership with the man I love and aiming to read and write as much as possible.

Here's to discovering what makes us happy and sticking with it!

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Your turn: How have you all changed in the last 10 years? How have you remained the same? What "loves" have you found that stand the proverbial test of time?


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