This time last year, I was preparing for the big move to Florida….and currently, I am stressing about job searching, studying for my Spanish final, and how I am going to handle 19 credit hours next semester. However, I just found out I can graduate in June instead of August–that definetely brightened up this 13 degree weather day!
Speaking of weather, TAKE ME BACK TO FLORIDA! Not only do I miss the amazing weather (ok, June, July and August was downright BRUTAL), but I miss the whole experience I had from January 2009-August 2009 while I was down there. Anywhere from 70-100 hour work weeks (yes, 100 hours in a week. I reached that feat twice last summer) that included dressing up as the mascot, supervising an all-night Boy Scout overnight in the outfield, and re-programming cash registers weren’t always a blast, but when I look back, I really did love it. After so long, it’s almost like I got a euphoric high off working so much and not really knowing what I would be doing everyday.
It’s this experience I had that helped me figure out that I don’t want to do a normal 9-to-5 job after college. My mom is a retired 7th grade English teacher, and she always says that teachers have the best schedules–you work the same hours your children are in school, you have the same breaks, and you have the summer off. I 100% agree. My mom was a GREAT teacher–however, I would not be. When the day approaches that having a family presents itself, I’ll worry about how my job plays into that. But now, with graduation 6 months away, I want nothing more than to move, hopefully start a promising job, and be on my own.
Yes, I said be on my own. So many people say to “Stay in college as long as you can! The real world isn’t that great! Become a lifelong member of Kilroys!”
As cool as that sounds, I really DON’T want to stay in college for as long as I can. I realize that the “real world” includes bills, being cut off from my parents (more or less…hoping for a little help from M & D to get me started….Hi guys!), and essentially being broke for a while (funny side note–we went to visit my sister in Nashville right after she graduated and to save money, she turned her heat down to 60 degrees…We were so cold that my dad threw some money on her bed just to get her to turn her heat up!).
Keeping the fore mentioned in mind, I know it’s not always going to be fun, I can’t buy all the things I want or used to buy (I will be switching to ALL generic brands at the grocery…luxury of a struggling college student: parents lovingly (or reluctantly) pay for my groceries!) and the work holiday parties will be mildly dull compared to the weekends out in Bloomington.
I would love to be Peter Pan and “never grow up,” but it’s approaching…quickly.
As Asher Roth shouts “I love College!!!!” in his ridiculously popular song (circa last year), I agree–I love college…but not enough to stay forever.
So in June, I will take my last victory lap around Kirkwood and Walnut (don’t worry, I’ll be back to visit) and switch out my “going out clothes” for work clothes.
So from now until then, check back about my job hunt, finishing up college, and other witty pieces of enlightenment.