Commencement occurred in a perfect sliver of time on Saturday. Seriously. The sun was bright, the sky was clear. It was cool, but not cold (though I was still very warm underneath my black gown). Within a half hour after the ceremony finished, the clouds started rolling in. It’s been raining pretty much non-stop ever since. We got so lucky with the gorgeous weather and I’m SO thankful I was able to graduate outside on my beautiful college campus on the prairie.
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Being a college graduate is a funny thing. Well, to be more accurate, this period of transition is a funny thing. Leaving campus today was extremely bittersweet. As I was driving away, part of me wanted to turn around and speed back to the place I’ve called home for four years.
The other part of me, however, knew that I couldn’t do that. It’s time to move on. It’s time to experience more of the world, to learn and grow outside of a university setting.
What’s next for me, then, you might be wondering.
Well, first, home. I’m sitting on my childhood bed at home right now typing this post up. I haven’t been home since early January and here I am. Writing on my childhood bed.
I’m spending the summer at home. My goal is to find a temporary job, to
hang out with the high school friends I haven’t seen in a while and the college friends who will (luckily) be close by.
In September, I’ll be heading to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English in a Thai school. I’m unbelivably excited. This opportunity arose kind of out of the blue. One night, when a friend and were I discussing opportunities for our future, I typed in “working abroad” into Google and found this program. After looking into the company further, I knew I had to do this. I desperately want an adventure and there is no better time for an adventure than now. I don’t have a job or a family holding me down. I just have me, my sense of wonder and wanderlust, and (soon…once I get it) a passport. I’ve never been outside the western world before. I’m so excited, a little anxious, and I know this will be an incredible learning experience. The idea of teaching English to students who have little to no experience with the language is terrifying. But I know I can do it. I know it won’t be easy, but that’s the point. I want a challenge. I promise I’ll be careful, Grandma!
I’ll be sure to obtain a plethora of new blogging materials while there, too, so expect updates along the way!
That’s in September, though. I have so much time (well, at least it feels like that now).
I have a lot to do before leaving…lots of paperwork and such. I also want to make sure I make the most of this summer with friends and get a job, make some money. The idea of being a long-term unemployed college graduate really doesn’t bode well with me.
I haven’t spent a full summer at home for a long time, so we’ll just see how this goes…
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Here’s to many exciting post-college experiences and adventures!
First, though, I have to share some graduation pictures…