I Remember That Feeling

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I was talking to Gwen and she expressed concerns about what life will be like after college.  Will she be able to find a job and make enough money to become self-sufficient?

I told her, “Of course you will.”  Then I went on my merry way.

A few days later, I got to thinking about that conversation and how I dismissed her concerns.  I remember having those same fears at her age.  It seems like a distant memory now, but at the time it was real and stressful.

I realized I owe Gwen an apology for not paying attention to what she was saying.  Instead of dismissing her concerns, I should have told Gwen I understand what she is feeling and it is normal.  I should have been more empathetic and reassuring.  I should have reminded her that I am here to help in anyway I can.

 

3 thoughts on “I Remember That Feeling

  1. Maybe even talk about what she would like to do and make some plans, share some success stories etc. Arrange for her to talk to someone in the type of job she is interested in. These things make a huge difference. ( I was a career counselor for many years and these are the things that helped students and other jobseekers)

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