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A Post-Grad Update

Hi friends! It's been a minute since blogging, I know. The thing is, I have a list of drafts ready to post in my draft box but time seems to get away from me these days. I figured I would kick off posting again but doing a cliche post about a post-grad life. It has been over six months since I walked across the stage at the University of Akron and turned my tassel over. With everything going on in the world, it feels as if it were years ago.


So, where does one even start in a post-grad update? Do I miss college? I miss the lifestyle. Do I know what I'm doing with my life? Absolutely not. Does it feel weird that I'm no longer spending my entire existence stressing out about school? Holy crap, YES. I mean if you really think about it, I've been in school for 16 years. That's kind of the only thing I know how to do: school.



Here we are sixish almost seven months post grad and life is.... Life is challenging to say the least. I've always been a planner, I enjoy planning and making sure I am setting myself up for success. So, I tried my hardest to set myself up for everything before my graduation date. But some of the things that you experience post-grad, I never thought to plan for.


All of a sudden, I'm checking my credit score more than my horoscope. I'm dedicated to build myself some savings. I like talking about mortgages and credit (not just because I work in the industry), I like to drink wine and read books, host dinner parties, go to bed before 11pm. It's almost as if I skipped the age of 23 and went straight to 32. Not that I'm complaining, I just never really cared for these things before.


Okay, let's rewind a little bit and discuss my career. I graduated in December, a week before Christmas and within the first month of post grad I was able to secure myself a full time job at Liberty Home Mortgage. Truthfully, this is the perfect first job out of college. I mean, the office has TV's everywhere, there is music playing throughout the office, and they even gave us nerf guns to play with around the office. It's a fun environment and it makes the job more enjoyable to be at. I can't complain!


Even during quarantine, I was one of the luckier ones who was able to work from home. The company I work with made sure I was able to succeed along with checking in on me to make sure I was still healthy.


Since graduation, I've made sure to focus on two things and two things only: my well-being and my career. I think for myself I have made a step in the right decision for my career, I'm learning new things that I can apply to wherever life takes me. As for my well-being, I've been surrounding myself with people in my life who continue to motivate and empower me along with taking steps in continuing to put my mental health first.


It's been interesting trying to balance everything while working full time. From going to a solid routine to having it have to change due to COVID back to a whole new routine. In a short span of six months, life as continued to throw curve balls my way that were never planned for. But I like to think that because of the people who are in my life, I've been able to come out stronger than I ever thought.


Just six (basically seven months) out of college, I can't help but look back and see how much I have accomplished in that period of time - even with A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. Damn, that's empowering all on it's own.


So, let's see what the rest of post-grad life holds. Will I go back to school? Maybe one day. Where do I see myself in the next 6 months? I have no clue. Am I excited to see what the universe has in store for me? Absolutely.


Graduating is scary, believe me. I still have days when I feel more lost than ever. It's a hard path to navigate. I don't have all of the answers and I probably will never get them. Not knowing what the future holds for me is terrifying. But hey, at least I'm surrounded by people who can help me in times of need! At the end of the day, I can only come so far but it's really all because of my support system.

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