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Well I entered the jungle and I survived! Quite an adventure it was. There was much flora and fauna but once you cut a path through that you saw the ruined temple ahead that contained many hidden treasures behind doors unexplored. However, I did face a few obstacles on this dangerous quest. Let’s look back into the wild, folks.

First I walked into the large ballroom at my school (UMW) where the event was being held, and there were people everywhere swimming around like piranhas in a feeding frenzy. I don’t handle crowds very well especially when I’m in what I can only describe as a monkey suit. I totally felt out of place from the second I walked in. I may have let that get to my head. You could smell the stench of competition in the air. People were here for blood and I was a goldfish among sharks. I felt this way because it was literally like a page out of Darwin’s “Survival of the Fittest.”

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Most of the people attending this job fair seemed to be juniors and seniors. They walked about like kings of the ocean: stealthier, hungrier, and overall more equipped than I was. I stopped at two tables simply because there were no other students at them. The representative at each was lovely and helpful but I don’t think they were quite as interested in me as I hoped. Both of them asked what my major was and when I confessed I didn’t have one yet, the conversation died right there. I also attribute that to my lack of confidence when speaking in order to sell myself. Both companies were obviously looking for more qualified candidates with much more experience than I have to offer. I felt like a zebra in a pride of lions and before I had a chance to run I was pounced on. I wish I had been a bit more prepared before being tossed into the thicket.

My first job fair wasn’t a very pleasant experience but I’m glad I did it. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do one thing that scares you every day.” This was definitely my one thing for the day but the fact that I went through with it is what I’m most proud of. I have a horrible habit of freaking myself out before I even have a chance to try things. Last year, as a freshman, I would have never done something like this. Now I know what I need to work on and will come back better and stronger next year and hopefully the safari won’t be so scary.

I will quote Mrs. Roosevelt one more time because she was such a brilliant and commendable person. “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” Well to that I say bring on the steam!

Claire Dwyer is from Newsoms, Virginia. She is a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington, major undeclared. In in her spare time likes to write and read. She hopes to make a positive impact on the world through her writing.

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