Quarter Life Crisis

Quarter Life Crisis” is a recent grad's take on that awkward period of time between college and true adulthood. Rachel Maleady, a 23-year-old living in upstate NY, presents an honest take on what life after college is like for many 20-somethings.

Quarter Life Crisis

One Year Anniversary
Back in October, I celebrated my one-year anniversary at my current job. I had my interview in late August, accepted the position in September and then started the first week of October. After a...
Halloweekend
When you're young, Halloween is an exciting day when you get to collect every type of candy from everyone within a 3-mile radius of you. You might not love the costume your parents pick out for you,...
What A Change
A few weeks ago, I made the trip back to my alma mater for the annual Alumni Weekend. Although it wasn't my first time going back to college since I had graduated, it was still a big deal to me. The...
3 Things I Wish I Knew In College
Do you know what I really hate? People who are always saying, "If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't do it any differently". It's obvious that we all make mistakes, and that most situations...
The Very First
One of the most exciting parts in a relationship - whether it's with a friend, family member or boyfriend- is experiencing something for the first time with that person. There is the rare occasion...
Back to School
 Last time I checked, it was still summer. Yet for some reason I'm being bombarded with commercials, e-mails and advertisements for everything related to fall - including back-to-school shopping...
Facebook: Then & Now
 When it comes to social media, I'd like to think I'm ahead of the game. But back in the days of high school, I could have cared less about it. Facebook became popular during my senior year of...
One Interesting Interview
 Breast implants, a turkey dinner and the largest dogs I've ever seen- three things you typically wouldn't associate with an internship interview. During my senior year of college, I got to...
Sunday Not-so-fun Day
 If you ask anyone what their favorite day of the week is, you usually get an answer of Friday or Saturday. If you do the same about their least favorite day, you'd probably get a lot of Monday...
An Eventful July 4th
 Over the past few years, I've alternated spending my Independence Day working (yes, grocery stores are still open on this day- as well as 99% of other holidays as well), visiting a friend's...
Staycation
 When I tell people that I've only been on vacation three times in my life, they look at me as though I have two heads. No, I'm not a two-headed freak, nor do I have a fear of planes, cars or...
Don't Lose Touch
 During college, you spend four years surrounded by the same people. These neighbors, classmates and roommates soon turn into your closest friends. You spend a few months apart during the...
Freebies
You've probably heard the famous quote, "The best things in life are free", many times before. While it's obvious that everyone enjoys getting things for free, there's something...
How to Not Piss Off Your Local Deli Worker
Everyone remembers their first job out of college. Some of us are fortunate enough to bypass the odd job route and get straight to the 9-to-5 gig. While I finally did get my first "big girl" job...
Imperfect Timing
When it comes to my love life, there seems to be a pattern. This pattern isn't the type of guy I date or the length of the relationship, but the terrible timing that my boyfriends and I begin dating....
Pretty Pretty Princess
When I was a little girl, I used to tell my Dad that my dream job was to be "an English teacher during the school year and a comedian during the summer." I clearly had a strong (and strange)...
To Cry or Not To Cry
This past weekend, I got to watch my younger brother graduate from college. It's hard to believe that it was exactly one year ago that it was me in his place. I felt such a mixture of emotions during...
Learning to Live on a Budget
I've worked some sort of part-time job since I was 16 years old. My first job was waitressing at a local restaurant, in hopes I could save up enough money to buy my first car. While that job was...
The Chore of Socializing
It's 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night. My iPhone lights up with a text message from my friend Bridget."Hey I'm home for the weekend and we're planning on going out tonight. We're meeting up at my...
Quarter-Life Crisis
At first they said it would be high school -- the dances, pep rallies, and few responsibilities would make these the best years of my life. Then they told me it would be college -- the freedom, the...