I recently looked back at a blog post of mine on my personal site that was looking ahead at 2014. I was in a far different place back then, still in the depths of graduate school coursework, hadn’t begun my job search in full yet, and was still back in New Jersey (I miss it now that I’m gone!). I was anticipating traveling to new places, meeting new people, and the exciting mystery of where my life was headed. In the past year, I’ve gone through a tough interview process, moved hundreds of miles, and began to go into full on adult mode. It’s wild to think all that has happened, how long and short it has felt at the same time, and how it all feels like it happened for a reason.
To get more specific on what I’ve learned from a few choice happenings from my past year, I’ll start with my job search, since that dominated the first half of my year. I started applying to jobs regularly in January, went to my first placement conference in late February, and thereafter went to TPE, had a plethora of phone interviews during the whole first half of the year, and finally ended my search in late May early June. It was a rough time emotionally as others in my cohort got jobs (and especially when it was ones I applied to and interviewed with) and my search dragged on. I was able to keep busy enough during this time but I was hungry for my search to be over and to start the next chapter of my life. Once it ended, and I had some distance from it all, I learned some valuable insights that I hope to share with others going through the same process. I also formed my own opinions of what is actually of value in the finding a job that’s a good fit, much of which I detailed in a previous series of posts.
A perfect segue from my job search is my big move to my home state of Maine for my first full-time student affairs job as a Resident Director at Husson University. I’ve never actually lived in my home state, only visited for no more than a week at a time, so it’s been a neat adventure to take in the culture of this place and explore the area. I will admit though that the transition was a bit rocky. I moved up a full month before my partner came up for her graduate program, and that was a difficult time being up in Maine alone with not much to keep myself busy with. The transition took a toll on me but I reached out for help from my colleagues and some local resources and I got through it to a much better place now. I’ve made some friends and have begun to invest more in my hobbies since I have time for them now. Adult life has started and I have to say, it isn’t too bad!
So speaking of adult life, I am now working full-time, have my own insurance, and take care of my own expenses (have for a while now). I’m definitely feeling with all this and just growing older (I turned 25 this year), that I’m going into full on adult mode. My priorities are way different than a few years ago as an undergraduate student, my interests can changed (I listen to more NPR now), and I just am in a new place in my life where I just have work and nothing else that I must do with my time. I’ve settled nicely into this new normal of adulthood, and while I still have a lot to learn about insurance, retirement accounts, and taxes, I eager to learn so I can start to live the kind of life I want on my own terms.
2014 has been a year filled with a lot of big life moments. I turned 25, got my master’s degree, traveled a lot, starting working in my first full-time student affairs job, and moved to Maine. I’m not sure what 2015 will hold, but I know I can handle it after getting through a roller coaster year. I’m always a fan of reflecting back to see all the amazing things that happened in one year. It helps me feel better about the year to come and all the possibilities.
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