Senior management major John Francis could not have been more excited to receive his Aggie Ring on Friday’s Ring Day. Although he cannot avert his loving gaze from his new piece of gold, Francis has found that it is not everything he expected.
He spent the week before Ring Day at a career fair, networking with companies in hopes of having something to do after college. Without the power of Aggie Gold on his right hand, however, he felt like he had no chance.
“I know I would have gotten more interviews had I just gotten my ring a week earlier,” said Francis. “Everyone knows if you don’t have an Aggie Ring you’ll be without a job. Instead of gold shining in the recruiter’s face, it was my 2.4 GPA.”
After Ring Day, Francis was excited to get back in the game of securing his future employment. Francis sent follow-up emails to the companies he interviewed with and happened to include a few pictures of his new ring. “There is no way I won’t get called back for office interviews,” said Francis. “I needed to prove that I was a real Aggie, and not just someone leveraging the school to get a job.”
Unfortunately, Francis never heard back from the companies to which he applied, other than rejection emails stating that it was nice meeting him and “maybe [their] paths will cross again.”
“What a waste,” said Francis, “You spend all this money trying to differentiate yourself and end up the same as everyone else. I guess I’ll have to find a drawer to put my ring in for safekeeping in case I ever find a use for it.”
Through Francis’ trials, he did come upon one realization: “I think this is really just a sign telling me I need to take a gap year. I mean, it’s ridiculous to expect a college student to finish school and just ‘start working’. I think my parents will understand me living with them for a little longer once they realize that too.”
—12th Man Bowels