My last post of 2014!
This emerging pro’s documented journey is half way over!
And I’m going out of 2014 with a bang, and into 2015 with a brand new slate!
Let’s talk about December for a second:
In the span of about two weeks I…
– Applied for a job that I believed was PERFECT for me.
– Had a phone interview for said job.
– Completed my final classes/courses/semester of graduate school.
– Was invited to an on-campus interview for aforementioned job.
– (totes passed the final for the elective I was worried about!)
– OFFICIALLY FINISHED GRAD SCHOOL.
– Had on-campus interview for previously referenced job.
– Was rejected from that not-so-perfect job.
So what does this mean in terms of going into 2015?!?!!?
The start of a new year is symbolic for a lot of people. New beginnings. Clean slates. Fresh timelines.
I used to take the idea of “new year’s resolution” seriously and list out changes I wanted to make for the new year. (Mostly, those changes went unchanged.)
Then I scrapped that idea and ignored the new year altogether.
Then I came to the realization that one doesn’t need a momentous date/holiday to make changes; change can/should start NOW…
Which brings me to today.
This new year really does symbolize a new beginning. At least for me, it does. There’s a LOT I need to do, and everything kind of depends on everything else.
However, there is no transition time.
I don’t have any grace period on my student loans. I don’t have a summer/winter vacation break. I don’t have a movie theatre job at which to bide my time while I decide upon going back to school.
I am fortunate enough to have a paying internship at which I can remain until I secure a full-time position, but…
January 1, 2015 is a real threshold over which I am crossing.
Into what? I’m not sure!
But that’s the exciting part!
Everything is in my hands.
Which is also the terrifying part!
I’ve already talked about ways I’ve grown in a couple other posts so I won’t get into that again…
But I would like to talk about some of my goals for the coming year. Or, at least, the immediate future. My brain can’t plan a whole year ahead.…
Take my physical health seriously. I worked really hard over the summer to get in shape (well, more in shape than I’d ever been), and there were definitely results and I felt really good! With the stress and busy-ness of grad school, all the progress I’d made over the summer sort of disappeared through the semester. Now that I’m completely finished with school for the foreseeable future, I really need to make exercise a part of my routine. I’m going to be 26 in a month and as I continue to get older, maintaining physical health will only get harder. I need to drill that into my head now, and keep it there.
Goal 1b is to floss every day. Seriously.
I’m trying to do a somewhat broad search, and I’m open to lots of different positions, but I have a couple non-negotiables and I’m sticking to them. I worked way too hard for this degree to not be happy at a job, even at entry-level.
Put forth more effort. In my job-search, in maintaining my physical health, and most importantly in my relationships. Friendships, and family. A lot fell by the wayside while I was in school – I missed a lot of social- and family-time due to nights and weekends spent at the library – and these people are really important to me. Especially those who were understanding and patient as I declined hanging out over and over again.
I struggled in grad school. Maybe I’m being too honest here, but so much effort went into “getting through” that I don’t think I retained as much as I should have. (I’m more of a doer, than a thinker… or paper-writer.) So I want to go back through my grad school notes – specifically my Student Development Theory text – and really take my time to read and absorb the material. I have an understanding and familiarity, but I am passionate about this field and I am passionate about our work–I want to be the best #SApro possible, and the best possible resource for my (future) students–so I want to make sure I really know what I’m doing and talking about!
I hope what I wrote here is somewhat relatable to someone –anyone!– and that everyone has at least one goal for the coming year! No one can deny the symbolism of the new year and the fresh start it brings, so why not take advantage of it?!
I hope everyone out there had a fantastic year and is ready to take 2015 head-on.
Feel free to share your goals (or any advice you might have for me in attaining my goals!) with me on Twitter @aarugo !
Cheers! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!