Why taking an internship post-graduation is OKAY

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Hello! As this post is going up, I officially start my new full-time internship! Yes, an internship. You are probably thinking, “You spent four years and thousands of dollars to get a degree and your first move is to get an internship?”

I wasn’t fully aware of how having an internship after college isn’t the ideal choice for most college graduates. I found out while listening to a friend discussing an summer internship offer she received. She declined it, “Why would I want an internship after spending all this time on a degree for a job?”

There’s this mindset that once you get your degree you are will magically be handed a job in your intended career field. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way all the time. There’s also the mindset that internships are only for current students. Graduate are suppose to get jobs, not internships.

I’m here to tell you that there should be no shame in getting an internship right after graduation. While the ideal situation is to get a full-time job, an internship has many perks that will help eventually land a job. Here are some reasons you may consider taking an internship post-graduation: Continue reading


22 Facts for 22 Years

22 Facts for 22 Years

Hello! It has been a hot minute since I blogged.  Let’s be real, it’s been almost half a year. At the beginning of my senior year, I abruptly took a blogging hiatus. My intention was to focus all my time and energy on school. A couple of weeks ago, I announced on my Instagram that I have graduated from college! Woohoo!

If you’re wondering if I will be returning as a blogger… I can’t answer yet. I would like to, as blogging was a big part of my college experience. However, it’s difficult to make promises when I’m unsure how my future plans will look.

Today, April 24th, is my 22nd birthday! What?! I can’t believe I’m 22 years old! I remember starting this blog when I was barely 19 years old. In honor of me turning 22 and making my first blog post since my hiatus, I wanted to refresh with 22 facts about myself!

  1. I am bilingual. I grew up speaking Vietnamese at home and English at school.
  2. I have always wanted a golden retriever since I was little. Fingers crossed I will own a dog in the near future!
  3. I am a Taurus. And for the most part, I embody Taurus’ characteristics.
  4. I love making puns, much to my friends’ embarrassment.
  5. I wanted to become a filmmaker throughout high school.
  6. I majored in communications and media studies.
  7. I choose my major after a random nighttime Google search. I barely understood what the major entailed when I choose my school and declared my major on the forms. Thankfully, I actually loved it when I started taking Communication classes.
  8. I have received a county award for my volunteer work back in high school.
  9. I have a huge sweet tooth.
  10. I eat small meals, but you can always find me snacking on something all the time.
  11. I have attempted to learn (and fail) guitar many, many times since I was 14 years old.
  12. I have an older sister.
  13. I enjoy doing portrait photography.
  14. I have been bullet journaling for a little over a year now.
  15. I consider myself to be a creative person.
  16. I consider myself to not be an athletic person. *finds the elevator*
  17. I have been blogging since the spring of my Freshman year (2015).
  18. I am currently a social media intern for a local dessert shop and still job-hunting for a full-time job.
  19. I am unsure where I want my career path to go. But I am excited to try out the different industries and roles to see where my interests lie.
  20. I am most likely to run late because I was watching doggy videos on Instagram.
  21. I named my blog “Simply Being Kim” as a way to document how I figure out life by being myself.
  22. I still can’t believe I am 22 years old. It hasn’t hit me yet.

There you go! 22 facts to celebrate turning 22 years old! I hope you enjoy learning more about me. What’s a fun fact about you? Leave a comment below! Thank you to every person who has supported me throughout my blogging experience. I hope to write to you soon.

-Kim 🙂

College Bloggers You Need to Follow


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By the time this post goes live, I will on my flight to Vietnam! The last time I flew internationally was in 2010, so it’s been a while. I can’t wait to share my experience of Vietnam and being overseas in a later post. Let me know what you want to read about!

Moving on to today’s post, Gabby from The Swirl did a roundup post of college bloggers and I loved the idea! My favorite part about having a blog is getting to meet other college bloggers. Over the last few years, I had a wonderful experience connecting with people who share the same interest as me. There are many bloggers out there who want to share their college experience like me. I figured it was time to give them recognition for the amazing content they produce!

Abigail from Living the Gray Life

My blog post pick: College Note Taking Tips

Amanda from The Happy Arkansan

My blog post pick: How to Pack Clothes for College

Ashley from A Little Ashley

My blog post pick: College Expectation

Caitlyn from College With Caitlyn

My blog post pick: How to Effectively Juggle a Job in College

Cristina from Cristina Was Here

My blog post pick: The Best Planner for College Students + How to Use It

Dani from Dani Dearest

My blog post pick: Using Google Calendar to Organize Your Entire Life

Jessica from Jessica Slaughter

My blog post pick: How to Get Fit in College

Lexi from Life By Lexi

My blog post pick: 30 Questions to ask Before Signing a Lease in College

Samantha from As Life Grows

My blog post pick: How to Choose the Right College Major for You

Samantha from Samanthability

My blog post pick: College Side Hustles

I can guarntee you that these are not the only college bloggers out there. There’s an entire community who students who are passionate about sharing tips and tricks to make college easier. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to feature more in a later post.

Who is your favorite college blogger? I love discovering new people!

-Kim 🙂

Apartment 101: Essentials for a College Apartment (Packing List!)

Happy Wednesday!

Last week I published my Minimalist College Packing List for any dorm room. I know it was helpful to many who were moving into their 1st or even 3rd dorm room. Dorming is a common living situation for students. Yet, it’s not the only option. There is a population of students who live in on-campus or off-campus apartments. I didn’t want to leave them out of the packing list posts.

Last summer, I moved into my first apartment. It was an exciting milestone for me! However, the reality of an apartment kicked in when I realize the only items I could take was my clothes, desk supplies, and backpack. Everything else had been generously loaned to me by my school ( desk, bed, closet).

It’s a big momentous step to move into an apartment in college. Nevertheless, it can be overwhelming when you don’t know what to buy. Similar to a dorm, you don’t want to over pack for a (assuming on a college budget) small apartment. After a year of living in my apartment, I have narrowed down the essentials for a college apartment. All the items mentioned below are what I found useful and highly recommend for a college student to have. Everyone’s lifestyle is different, so use this list as a guide to furnishing your apartment.

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What are your college apartment essentials? Did I miss anything? Or do you think some items aren’t necessary to survive. Let me know in the comments below about your experience living in an apartment!

-Kim 🙂

Minimalist College Packing List

Happy August everyone! Wow, can you believe that summer is almost over? August officially marks BACK TO SCHOOL season! I know that many of you are starting or going back to college in mid-August.

The summer before college, I spent my days researching what to pack. I looked at every Pinterest packing list there was on the Internet. Looking back, some of the packing lists were very excessive. While an “ULTIMATE guide to college packing” may be helpful. It can be easy to go overboard with buying dorm things.

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What I wish I knew as a new blogger

Copy of Office.jpgA couple of months ago WordPress sent me a congratulations notification. I clicked on it, confused as to what it was. It turns out I made Simply Being Kim 2 years ago. TWO YEARS. I remember sitting in my freshman year college dorm and debating on the name of this blog. It’s crazy to think how much has changed since then! I was such a newbie back then.

My blog has gone through some highs and lows. I dove head first into blogging without any knowledge about proper knowledge. I was just some college girl talking about my college experience on the Internet.  I didn’t know what SEO or branding or how to work with brands at the time. Regardless of the setback, it’s been a worth while learning experience! I’ve had a chance to grow as a blogger through trial and errors. Continue reading if you want to find out what I wish I knew when I started my blogging journey!

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Essentials for an Office Job or Internship

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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to adjust to a full time job schedule. It’s can be jarring going from a full time student to working in an office from 8-5 p Luckily, I think my body has adapted to it now.

Now you’re probably asking “What is your job?” The first is one is an on-campus job I’ve held for 1.5 years now. It involves a lot of data entry and filing and misc. office tasks. The other one is a social media internship. With both commitments, I’m usually out of my apartment for 7 hours or so each day. This means that I have to bring whatever I would need in my bag to survive the entire day.

Without further ado, here are my essentials for an office job or internship!

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