It has officially been two months since I’ve graduated college with my Bachelor’s degree, which technically means I have a month of summer vacation left…But was I really ever on summer vacation?
Once I completed my undergrad and decided I was not going to be pursuing my graduate any time soon, I feel like my summer just turned into three months that I no longer have to go 20 mph in a school zone but have to avoid the mall because crowds of teenagers (yuck) are spending their days inside the cool air conditioned building, and don’t even think about going to the beach because it will be packed with a bunch of North Texans or Non-Texans.
I was so excited to be done with school, to be free and have multiple attempts at getting out of town, but now I am working 35+ hours a week, with only weekends off (sometimes), and have given up on my immediate job search. I think that was the hardest thing for me to do was to face the fact that my plans for after graduation had to take a back seat to everything.
I had been searching for a social media/writing job since the start of December in New York City originally. NYC had stolen my heart and I wanted nothing more than to be in the greatest city in America. Unfortunately, fate decided otherwise for me and I was kind of okay with it. So I decided Austin, TX was my Plan B. Austin was my second favorite city in America, and not just because my cousins live there. I loved the vibe to Austin plus I am a hardcore Greenbelt lover so if I had it in my backyard-I would be set! Plus the amount of food trucks in the city makes this foodie a VERY happy foodie. Basically Austin was the perfect place for me.
Around mid-March I decided I needed to focus on finding a job in Austin and work my way up, so I did. I continued to job search until end of June when I realized maybe, just maybe, I needed to stay in Corpus for another year. Trust me when I say-I fought tooth and nail for this NOT to happen. I refused to stay in Corpus another year when I longed for bigger things. My lease was coming to end at Aspen Heights which meant as much as I longed to leave, I needed to focus on my present situation-finding somewhere to live after July 31.
I have decided I hate apartment hunting. I really do. Spent two weeks on it and hated every single minute of it. Thankfully though, I got my living situation figured out because I have amazing friends (more on that in a later post!), but now through all this, a pretty exciting thing happened at my current job.
I am now not just the production manager of the papers, I am also the social media manager, which while I was trying to veer away from newspapers, I get to add that experience to my resume which, next summer when I decide to restart the job hunt, will help me a little more. Also I will also be stepping out of my comfort zone a little more with this second position which is very exciting.
You might be asking yourself what is the point of this post. Besides just an update on my life, and what’s going on it with it, it serves as a reminder that sometimes, not everything happens in the order that you want it to happen in. And that it sucks but it might also lead you into a path you did not think about taking.
So for now, I will be working on creating two papers every week while running their social media, having an actual 8-5 job, recreating my living space and just taking it one day at a time. For my friends who managed to get a job after graduation, I tip my hats to you and to my friends who didn’t, don’t worry-we will get there.
Until next time lovelies,
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."