Too Old for My Name

When I graduated from college, I faced a dilemma even bigger than finding a job. I didn't know how to introduce myself to any future employers or acquaintances for that matter.

I grew up answering to Susie but when I started in college, I never corrected professors when they called me Susan. It seemed more fitting, more grown-up, but I'm still not used to it.

I always loved that I had a name that could be shortened, but now I'm starting to think it's not as great as I thought. I don't really feel like either name is fitting anymore. It may be because I'm in my twenties and Susie sounds like a five-year-old's name and Susan sounds like a 50 year old mom.

I think I've found my middle ground (until I turn 40 at least). In any professional setting, I'm Susan, but with friends or younger people, I'm Susie.

I wonder what names are fitting, no matter the age.


  1. This is why I made the transition from Mandy to Samantha. I decided Mandy sounded like some sort of 80s cheerleader. My parents and friends from high school and college still call me Mandy, but all you journalisty folk know Sam. I support this!

  2. I can totally relate! I tried to start going by "Anne" in class when I started college but it just seemed weird so I gave up and people started calling me "Annie" again. And now, all of my clips have the byline "Annie" so I'm not even sure if I can go back. It's funny how the whole name thing can be way more complicated than your parents ever thought/intended.


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