One year ago today I graduated college. It seems like yesterday.
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)
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!
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.
It’s still weird to be out of college – I’d love to go back. Enjoy, young kids!