A Year Ago Today

One year ago today I graduated college. It seems like yesterday.

Blackberry photo, gotta love it. Creepy eye.

I can’t believe I’ve been a “grow up” for an entire year. Is that even possible? I learned a lot in a year.

  • The reality of student loans
  • How to cook adult food in a kitchen, using appliances other than a microwave.
  • How to survive paying bills
  • Live with my parents after graduation (lucky for me, my parents rock and it was awesome)
  • Live with a guy (I’m referring to Kevin here, for those who didn’t pick up on that)
  • Work 9-5 (it’s so much harder than a college schedule, honestly)
  • Exercise like a grown-up, not at the ARC or considering walking back from SigEp counts as exercise (this has been lacking)
  • Responsibility (in all aspects of adulthood)
Sound fun yet?

Family!

When the economy tanked, I knew I could probably graduate early because I brought in credits from high school. I didn’t really imagine how much I’d miss that last semester of college, but I needed to save as much money as possible, so I applied for early graduation.

On graduation day, I didn’t have a job lined up. The entire first semester of senior year was devoted to looking for jobs. Nearly every other week I was on the train to Chicago at interviews, yet I still didn’t have anything locked down. It was incredibly depressing because I worked my arse off in college and I couldn’t imagine just sitting at home that next week without a job.

I had three interviews the week after graduation and I prayed. Prayed, prayed and prayed some more. Something worked, because I was offered all three positions. I ended up choosing to stay in St. Louis (one was for a PR agency in Kansas City) and accepted an internship position at Weber Shandwick. I go on and on about how great that internship was here, and it led me to where I am now. Now, I have a “big girl” job with benefits, a 401K and vacation days. Woo!

Proud Parents

What I’m trying to say, is that I’m grateful. I’m so incredibly thankful for my parents, family, Kevin, friends, mentors, teachers, supporters and Valparaiso University for everything.

Had to throw in this picture. We love our prez

It’s still weird to be out of college – I’d love to go back. Enjoy, young kids!

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2 thoughts on “A Year Ago Today

  1. I go away for a few days and you have a ton of new blogs to catch up on! I love the idea of the cookie swap. That sounds like such a cool idea: let me know how it actually works out! And as always, Gracie is so cute. I can’t believe she is getting so big!

    • Ha ha I hope you enjoyed your trip! I love reading about your travels – it makes me so jealous. The cookie swap worked out great! I got some delicious cookies that I ate in like three days (oops!). And we know, Gracie is huge! She’s probably around 25 lbs. now – I can barely pick her up. Makes me sad! 🙁

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