Graduation, Plans, Etc.

As I'm writing this I still can't believe that I'll be graduating from college in four days.. FOUR! I just finished up my last final this morning and I honestly couldn't feel any more relieved. So, in light of graduation being so close I wanted to make a post reflecting on college and talking about my plans for afterwards.

Four years ago I was graduating high school and really didn't know what to expect from college. I was a careless person in high school--never brought a book home to study and always b.s'd my homework. All I cared about was being young and reckless with my friends. My mom never thought she would see the day I graduated college and never fails to remind me (love you mom xoxo), which I guess is why I'm getting soft and teary eyed writing this because I never believed in myself either. I did my first two years at the Penn State campus near my house, so I lived at home and commuted. My freshman year I guess you could say I still had some of the high school me inside, but deep down I knew it was time to get serious. I became a full-time student working a full-time job and by my sophomore year I was able to purchase my first car, all by myself, which was such a huge accomplishment for me. For my last two years of college I had to transfer up to University Park (Penn State's main campus) and I was so excited. Living two hours away from home in my own apartment without parents?! I became really independent when I moved. I was going to college full-time while working two jobs my first semester at University Park. I'm extremely blessed to have parents who would give me their last penny if they needed to, but I was stubborn and wanted to do everything by myself. To my surprise, I actually ended up getting the best grades I have ever gotten that year of school, crazy right? My senior year things didn't change much.. Full-time student, full-time job(s), blah blah blah. I was never really one for the party scene in college because let's just say my time in high school made up for it, but I never felt like I was missing out on anything either. College were some great years. I met some amazing people, had a great time, and learned a lot about myself (and wine) along the way. I could have never done it without my amazing parents and boyfriend who always pushed me to do great, so thank you guys.

So now that I'm done with college, what does that mean for me? Well, no exciting plans for muah just yet. I've decided to go back home, work, save money, and focus on the number one thing I've been wanting to do for awhile now--blog. At first when I wasn't getting any job offers I felt like a failure. I was always one of those people who swore I would never move back home after college and needed to have a job, but I eventually realized that it's ok to not know what the next step of your life is going to be and just take a break. At one point I was applying for jobs just so I could say I had a job, but the truth is, I don't want to settle for something just because I can. I want to pick a career that will make me happy, which is part of the reason I want to focus on blogging. It's something I love to do and I won't know if I can become successful doing until I put majority of my time towards it. 

So for all of you who are graduating soon and don't have a job lined up, it's ok to not know and say you're going back home. Don't feel like you failed because you didn't. The right opportunity will come along eventually, so just enjoy it. Also a major congratulations to the graduating class of 2017 and best of luck to all of you in whatever you decided to do!!

Photo Credits: Sidney Tep
Not a lot of sizes are left in the blue or black, but there's a red one with almost all sizes!

Thanks for reading! Xo

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