14 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Depressed, Unemployed Post-Grad Soul

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College is great until it isn’t. Usually by the time second semester of senior year rolls around, most undergrads are ready to get the hell on to the next step in life. For some that means grad school or a job they’ve already lined up (assholes), for others it means figuring out what the future holds — one ignored job application at a time.

When I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009, I moved home with a diploma that cost me thousands in student loans and yet didn’t guarantee a single job prospect. I was unemployed, in debt and living with my parents for the first time in four years. To say I hit a low point is like saying Amanda Bynes is just a tad eccentric. I would shame spiral my way to Trader Joe’s every afternoon to pick up a $3 bottle of wine, and proceed to drink the whole thing by 9PM as I clicked between Tumblr and job applications. This coupled with the fact that most of my friends were gainfully employed, renting cool apartments and posting photos of their thriving social lives to Facebook left my ego severely crippled.

In these times of darkness, it’s important to remember that unemployment is only a temporary situation. You won’t end up 43, working at Baby Gap and coming home to your family of cats. You will find self-worth and love and the money to afford overpriced cocktails on fancy rooftops. Here are some wise words to help you remember that fact.

Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths. -Drew Barrymore

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Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. -Nido Qubein

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Dream big and dare to fail. -Norman Vaughan

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Time grabs you by the scruff of your neck and drags you forward. You get over it, of course. Everyone was right about that. One mathematically insignificant day, you stop hoping for happiness and become actually happy. -Sloane Crosley

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We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. -Winston Churchill

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Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me. -Beyonce

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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody. -Herbert Bayard Swope

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Go back a little to leap further. -John Clarke

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Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself. -Chelsea Handler

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. -Helen Keller

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I failed my way to success. -Thomas Edison

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It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want. -Unknown

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A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one. -Chuck Norris

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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. -Maya Angelou

COLLEGECANDY Writer
COLLEGECANDY Writer