How this millennial author Sasha Frank made it through quarantine after college, it birthed a “2nd Chance”

April 7, 2020 in college students, Style & Inspiration

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When life throws curve balls you can either crumble under press or learn to rise above. It felt like yesterday, I was getting ready for graduation, taking final exams, making sure I passed. Not to mention, since I was a forever transfer student, once again, I found myself getting acclimated to this new city life at my new college campus.

It was only yesterday that I wanted to curl up in bed, only hoping for another 3-day weekend. Or better yet, another christmas break or spring break, anything for that matter.

Sometimes we forget about the here and now, getting too focused on what is to come. So much so, that we forget about the little things in life, including spending time with our peers, and getting the opportunity to go to college.

It wasn’t long after, I graduated across that long center stage; which seemed to stretch out like a fashion runway. Yes, that day was bitter sweet. I was happy to get this diploma, I was happy to finally mark this off my list. I was happy not to have another test another day of my life.

Then reality hit. The uncontrollable happened; which only made me wish I could go back. I only hoped to experience such freedom, freeing me from the whoas of adulting.

Job after job application. No after no. There seemed to be no stopping this turmoil that was brewing, it was only a matter of time before I was to reach my breaking point.

But, even in the midst of this uncontrollable event, I learned a few things that I wouldn’t have been able to learn otherwise.

1) Focus on the Positives​ – I learned to only recognize the positive things that were happening. Yes, I was well aware of the things I had no control over; but, I had to focus on that which I could control. I had to change the things I could. I had to improve my thinking and focus on things that made life worth living.

2) ​Reintroduced to Me​ – Somewhere down the line, we start to allow outside influences to be the source of who we are. No longer do we do things because we like them, no. We begin doing things to be placed in the same table as our peers. We begin to starting because that’s what we are told to do. We begin working because we are focused on the monetary return. There’s nothing wrong with that, but when do we get to live our lives? One that truly, not only makes us happy, but gives us purpose and meaning. One that, not only benefits us, but benefits the world at large. 

3) ​Second Chance​ – This simple uncontrollable event, reintroduced me back to the little girl who loved music and loved to write. It wasn’t by chance that life after college left me in dire need, it was God giving me a second chance to do things that truly mattered. Music and writing was the only way I was able to express how I was feeling; when I didn’t have the verbiage to say it.

​Sasha Frank ​has made her memoir Introducing Sasha Frank (Amazon and Barnes & Noble) available as a free resource to college students facing the uncontrollable, the coronavirus quarantine. Her single 2nd Chances releases on iTunes April 10th, 2020.

From A Millennial College Graduate: Tips on How College Students Affected in Coronavirus Pandemic Can Get Through Quarantine Period

March 14, 2020 in college students, Style & Inspiration

To Follow My Journey in Navigating Life After College | Subscribe Here | Listen to Podcast Introducing Sasha Frank |  Click Here!

 

The coronavirus pandemic has produced so much fear, panic, and anxiety, wouldn’t you agree? From college students being sent home, leaving the first generation college student stuck and homeless in some cases; I can very well say, this is a worldwide event that seems uncontrollable.

After having to go through my own obstacles as a first-generation college graduate, I have learned a few things in rising above obstacles. I have learned to stand on my own two feet. I have learned to not give into fear, regardless of what surrounds me. I have learned to overcome. 

Here are some practical tips of how I was able to navigate through uncontrollable life events:

1) STAYING POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSARY

Rather than obsessively having your eyes and ears open to the negative things going on, why not find the good in the struggles, in the hurdles. There are some first generation college students who aren’t able to make it home, however, there are many who have homes to go to. Nonetheless, I’ve found that there are many kind-hearted individuals coming together to provide resources. Including some colleges paying for their student’s travel.

Which brings me to my point, I am compelled to offer my book for free to college students, to help them overcome this hurdle set before them. Yes, you heard me right, I want to give it to you for free! For those most likely to listen to podcasts, I also have a podcast Introducing Sasha Frank where I speak about how I overcame unforeseen and uncontrollable events that came in navigating life after college.

2) YOU CAN’T CONTROL CORONAVIRUS, BUT WHAT CAN YOU CONTROL?

Many times we focus on what we can’t control, rather than focusing on what we can. What can you control in this situation? How can you change your mindset? How can you face the stark issues of why you’re crumbling in the face of adversity? How can you learn to push past obstacles that will, indeed, come, with or without notice? 

For example, I can’t control this time… but, what I can control is what I do with my time. So, let me ask you, what are you doing with your time?

Plus, when we know that God has everything under His control, we realize, no matter what is going on we can still have peace in the middle of the storm. So, building and developing your relationship with God is so crucial, it was the only way I stayed sane.

3) CORONAVIRUS HELPS YOUR RECOGNIZE WHAT’S IMPORTANT

As a college student, first-generation or not, we start to think temporary things are what gives purpose. You think that all you need to do is graduate, get the degree, get the job, the house, the money, etc. However, in times such as this, we realize that you can have the job, you can have the money, you can even have the home; but, it will won’t help you in these uncontrollable events. 

It can be used for good, such as those offering their homes to college students who do not have a place to go. But, if our sole purpose in life is to gain, gain, gain; then we quickly realize in times such as these, that is truly holds no value. 

Follow my journey, as I share how I learned to overcome in navigating uncontrollable and unforeseen events that happened as life after college. 

 

 

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