For Millennial (A Year Post Bachelor)

In August, the Radiotopia/PRX podcast series “Millennial” aired its ­final episode.

For three seasons, host and creator Megan Tan, captured the journey of millennials figuring out their lives after a defining moment, including her own.

The following stand-alone audio piece is inspired by “Millennial.” I began gathering tape after listening to the podcast last Fall, knowing there was someone else, who felt the same way I did.

So thank you, Megan. And thank you, for listening.

 

 

Here are some of the clips in the piece:

News

Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio

Georgia Students Reach for the Stars, But They’ll Start with Mars

Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York

Trump to Cut PBS Funding

Music

All of the music is by Lee Rosevere on FreeMusicArchive.org, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

“The Secret to Growing Up”

“And So Then”

“Ingenuity”

“As I Was Saying”

 

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What I’m Listening To: The last episode of Millennial and a recent episode of Planet Money called “The Starbury” (trust me, the latter’s title is not what you think)

(Photo Property of NPR Planet Money)

What I’m Reading: (Fiction) Water for Elephants  by Sara Gruen (B/N: Yes, I’ve seen the movie but now, at the behest of a friend, taking a stab at the book too).

(Fiction) The Lost Coast (novella) by Eli Horowitz and Josh Brandon (B/N: A companion to the Homecoming podcast serial and so far, pretty good)

What I’m Watching: (DVD) Creed (2015), dir. by Ryan Coogler is the latest in the Rocky movie series, but focuses on the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan).  Considering the attention last week’s fight received, I figured now was a time to see a more cinematic version of the boxing world. As a big fan of the Rocky movies (my favorites are Rocky I and Rocky II), I loved this shift of focus onto a character who, like Rocky and Apollo, is proud of his identity even if he’s still figuring out who that person is.

 

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#Adulting: One Step At a Time

Since my last post in November, I have

  • quit my part-time job as a barista
  • completed my internship
  • moved to a new city
  • started a new job

And in case you’re wondering what place finally took me on…

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A M Montgomery 2017

You’re looking at the most recent Executive Fellow for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or CPB for short. Never heard of them? But you have.

Pretty much every program you watch on public television or when you listen to public radio, do you know who that’s funded by? Support Provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Viewers Like You. Thank You.

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I won’t say much about my new position except that yes, I did move for it since it’s in D.C. and yes, it’s a paid, full-time fellowship. And that’s all I will say about that.

I will say that I am in a new chapter of my adulthood. It’s weird.

Suddenly, I’m fully responsible for paying rent and utilities, dressing as a working adult everyday (which means dressing appropriately AND dressing fashionably), living harmoniously with three housemates who also happen to be strangers to me, shopping for groceries, maintaining relationships with both family AND friends (which is tough because I’m now near neither), figuring out what to do on the weekends or decorating my room, and the hardest part? Cooking for myself. Every single day. (but that’s another story for another time)

Truth be told, I’m grateful for these preoccupations as they are so different from what I was worried about pre-move (How will I get anyone to take me seriously?) and they distract me from the big worries I try not to think about (What will I do with the rest of my life? Specifically? Truly?) and the even bigger worries I can’t really ignore (How do we evaluate the state of our union with all of these changes?). As you can see, there’s a lot to think about.

But there’s a lot to be excited about as well.

I’m employed!

I live in the capital! (Where there are tons of free museums! Free!)

My friends are only a bus or train ride away!

My mother is proud of me!

 

I hope to blog more this year, about my trials of adulting, of navigating a new space with its own rules and customs, of figuring out my next steps beyond where I am now. Though, given how unexpected my life has turned out so far, I’m willing to keep an open mind.

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What I’m Listening To: (Podcast/Radio Talk Show) 1A on NPR (B/N: Thoughtful yet 1aapproachable way of staying informed about all the changes in the U.S., the precedent behind them, and their effect on people’s daily lives)

What I’m Reading: (Fiction) This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales; (B/N: Interesting take on a YA protagonist going from suicidal to becoming a DJ, but sometimes unclear characterization and cliched writing; trigger warning: suicide attempt, cutting)

(Fiction) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell; (B/N: You guys know how I feel about this author, but this is the first book of hers for adults that I’d read; Despite the tangle of misunderstandings and unrealistic mess it creates, the story is surprisingly heart-wrenching and the ending is surprisingly cute)

What I’m Watching Now: (DVD) Seasons 1 and 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (B/N: This show is hilarious, usually without being offensive, and stars a Jewish man, two Latina leads, and two Black men, one of whom is gay in the show, and the best part? The show focuses on these detectives doing their jobs, not their diversity as tokens in the plotline! I love every character, but would pay money to hear Captain Holt say “Velvet Thunder” in person)

Sunday Night Motivation

How do you do a job application?

One step at a time.

At this moment, it’s Sunday night and I’m staring at the computer screen, desperately trying to motivate myself to start the fellowship application I’ve put off for weeks.

It’s due tomorrow.

And the looming deadline gives me a fresh sense of deja vu, of school assignments past when I was in the same predicament. Except one thing’s changed: I don’t have to do this application.

(Originally Posted Nov 2013 AM Montgomery 2016)

The Difference Between Monday and Friday (Originally Posted Nov 2013 AM Montgomery 2016)

From my months of being a college grad, I’ve learned a few things about being an adult–the most important: it sucks.

Adulthood (a lot of it) involves doing things you don’t want to do (i.e. being responsible) and being extremely nice even when the other person is not (i.e. politeness).

For me, it also involves pursuing my talents for tomorrow (unpaid interning part-time) while ensuring stability for today (working part-time). And after all that, there’s not much left of me to give. After a full day of doing what I absolutely have to do, do I have the energy to do what I want to do? What I should do?

That’s the best explanation for my absence over the past few months I can give.

But I’m back because we’re in that transitional period where a swell of change occurs–whether for you that means seasons changing, the semester ending, the new calendar year beginning, etc.–take it as you will, but prepare for it.

As Malcolm X once said, “The future is for those who prepare for it today.” And one that I recite to myself on a daily basis–“In life, you have three choices. Give up, give in, or give it your all” (Charleston Parker).

So even though I don’t have to do this application nor do I want to do this application right now, I’m going to. I’m going to push myself because I know my options improve if I receive this position. I know that the only chance I have in receiving this position is by applying.

And if you’re putting something off that you should be doing and you’re looking for a sign to start, this is it. This is your sign! This is your sign to start, to work, to finish.

Don’t remain where you are if you have a chance to move forward, even if it’s only baby steps. “If you’re going through hell, keep going” (Winston Churchill).

So let’s roll up the sleeves of our sweatshirts, rub the sleepiness out of eyes, and without further procrastination, step one–attach a cover letter and resume: we are looking for a succinct, thoughtful…

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What I’m (Re)Listening To: (Podcast) Millennial on Radiotopia: #16 Double Life  (B/N: hilarious, thoughtful, and seriously relatable)

What I’m Reading: (Non-fiction) Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service by Devin Leonard; (B/N: USPS history is trippy! One of the worst U.S. massacres was in a post office)

(Non-fiction) The 250 Personal Finance Questions You Should Ask In Your 20s and 30s by Debby Fowles (A/N: Excellent resource! Actually talks about taxes!)

What I’m Watching Now: (Netflix) Season 4 of Arrested Development (B/N: Kind of a mess. Oh Maeby…)