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“Enter” — Shift debuts its music video

As the summer winds down, we at Shift have taken the opportunity to really reflect on our experiences here and our mission to provide interesting stories for diverse college grads. In an effort to continue attracting new fans of our work, we have brought together our original (delightful!) theme song, “Enter,” by Grammar, and some of your favorite Shift writers and other young people to bust out their best moves in one of the greatest montages of random dancing on various streets and locations in Chicago.

It’s time to present our debut music video. Beat that, Ferris Bueller!
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The Moving Diaries

Meet Chris and Lisa. They are among the many college graduates in the U.S. each year who are uprooting their lives to move to a new city and advance their careers. In the process they must come to terms with departing familiar surroundings and the nitty-gritty of physically relocating across the country. Get a look inside their (messy) homes as they pack up boxes and consider life at their future addresses.
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Trauma leads to roadtrip on this episode of The Detour Year

In this epic episode of The Detour Year, Jean Fitzgerald, 26, recounts the dramatic time after her mother died during Jean’s first job out of school. She went on a road trip across the country, during which she witnessed tragedy in Yosemite, had a turbulent love affair in Oregon and got stopped by border police near Canada.
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Mapping out Marfa

For many graduates, the first years after college are the time to figure out the direction their lives will take. Some find themselves in places such as New York City, Portland, or Austin.
But for others, there is Marfa, Texas.
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Former AmeriCorps VISTA member talks on The Detour Year

Listen to this week’s episode of The Detour Year, our weekly podcast exploring less-traditional post-college experiences. This week we interview Manjima Bose, 27, who spent a year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with a Chicago non-profit.

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College grads settle into small town life in Marfa

After almost four days of flying, driving and running around the tiny west Texas town of Marfa, I am back with nearly three hours of footage and a collection of photos to show and tell.

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Dreamers: Undocumented young adults face uncertainty

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He did all the right things—made good grades, applied to college, graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in architecture. But when it came to finding a job, Luis, 24, was hit with the reality that he was not a legal resident of the United States.

He has been working three years in a sandwich shop.

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Introducing The Detour Year podcast series

Listen to the first episode of The Detour Year, our weekly podcast exploring less-traditional post-college experiences.

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Journey to Marfa


“I think Marfa is the meeting ground for people who are on a journey in life.”
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This Prada Marfa store is actually an art installation on the way to Marfa in the middle of the desert.

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