Something that is kind of hard for me to believe (even though I know it’s true), is that I’m done with college. I finished the year pretty much like I finish every other year: by taking finals, hanging out with my friends, and then moving out of Alpha Phi. This year I only made a few changes, which were staying around Indy for about a week longer than usual, and graduating (of course). But now, I’m back to where I always end up when I’m done with school… at home on my couch. I love hanging out at home because it’s really relaxing for me, but this time around, it all feels rather strange.
Exactly a month from today, I start my real life job. This means that I have a month to enjoy my freedom before I work for basically the rest of my life. (This sounds like I’m not looking forward to it – but don’t worry, I am really excited to start my new job.) What I’m not looking forward to though, is the fact that I will never get a summer vacation again, and a spring break, and a Christmas vacation. I will have actual vacation days that I can take whenever I would like (which I’m sure will be nice), but I think I will miss having built in breaks a couple times a year.
Since I only have a month left of complete and utter freedom – I’m going to try to make the most of it. This means sleeping in, doing nothing all day long, visiting friends, and crafting as much as possible. It’s kind of confusing to think that living up my free time will include both doing absolutely nothing and doing all kinds of stuff, but I guess that’s the beauty of it….right? Best of all, I will be doing no homework or studying of ANY kind. That was by far the best part about packing to come home – I didn’t bring any books or any of my binders, and it was wonderful. So this, I guess, is what it feels like to be a graduate. And, it’s not too bad…I’m kind of a fan.
Last Sunday, my friend Meghan got married. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and it was both the beginning and end of so many things.
It was part of the end of us all being together – all the time. I’ve been best friends with Meghan, Lauren, and Liz for the last 3 years… and even when we don’t live together… we are either next door or just down the street. But now, Meghan lives in Michigan, and soon Lauren will live in Bloomington, and Liz will live in New York. So this was the first step toward that…and I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to let them all go yet. Just because I love them so much.
It was the beginning of Meghan and Sean’s life together. They’ve been together forever, and they’re perfect for each other. It was just so sweet to be able to share their special day with them…because they’ve been together ever since I have been friends with Meghan. They’re great, and I love them both.
It was the beginning of the time when all of our friends will start getting married. While we were waiting to walk down the aisle, I looked out into the crowd and saw so many of our friends and people that we know. This is when I realized that I’m not young anymore…and instead of going to weddings for family and people that we don’t really know, now we will be going to weddings for our friends. It’s just a strange and sort of surreal feeling….but it’s kind of exciting at the same time.
Being a bridesmaid in a wedding the weekend before finals is the perfect way to procrastinate studying…or doing anything productive at all….while having an absolutely great time. When we got back to campus after the wedding it was like we had been in entirely different world for a week… which we had. We got to hang out with great people, be dressed up, and celebrate an awesome day with an amazing couple! Here are a few more photos…
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not ready to graduate. I have one class left in my undergraduate career, and I’m just waiting to become an emotional wreck when the underclassmen start leaving to go home for the summer, and then again when graduation is officially over. I’ve loved college… a lot… but there is one thing that is pulling me through this emotional and kind of scary time in my life: My future. I’m staying in Indy…and I couldn’t be more excited. Of course I would love to stay in college forever, but I’m sure that I would eventually get tired of it and be ready to leave. And truthfully… real life is pretty awesome. I’ve had a couple of glimpses into real life through my internships, and I really loved them all. Going to breakfast, lunch, and dinner for meetings or just to visit…going on business trips… and having real life responsibility… it’s all really awesome actually… and deep down inside… I’m pumped.
Alpha Phi - my home from the last few years.
Something else that is going to be awesome about my post-grad life is having my own space for the first time. I’ve lived in a sorority house for 3 years, and even though I’ve had some amazing experiences there, I’m excited to have my own room. And to decorate it. It will be different not being able to see my friends pretty much anytime I’d like, but that’s what brunch/lunch/dinner dates are for… and I can’t wait to have them… all the time. I’ve come to the conclusion that I shall become a Cafe Patachou regular… because everything in life should be enjoyed along with an omelet, cinnamon toast, and amazing coffee. Basically, I’ve decided that my post-grad life will be fabulous, and that I will survive even though everything I do won’t revolve around Butler anymore.
Every college senior’s biggest fear is that they will graduate from college and not be able to find a job. No matter how much you prepare for the real world, finding a job is pretty tough out there right now, especially for those of us that only have internships and part-time jobs under our belts. So whenever people ask us about our plans for the future…we have a quick freak out on the inside…as we imagine what our lives could become if we never found a job. For me, I always imagined moving home and crafting everything in my parents house, which I was kind of alright with…but I’m sure my parents would get tired of VERY quickly.
Don’t worry about my life becoming extremely sad and lazy though..because I officially have a post-grad job!
For the past few months, I have been applying for every job opportunity that was available…which really isn’t many, considering that it is December, and I won’t be able to start a job until at least May. The application process for the job that I accepted was almost two months long, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the finalists selected. So, this means that after graduation, I will be an Orr Fellow at BidPal Network, a company in Indianapolis. I could not be more excited for this new chapter in my life, and that I will have the chance to stay in Indy following graduation. I really do love the city, and I hope that I will actually have time to explore it when I’m not overcommited on campus anymore. Stay tuned over the next few months though, as I give you all the perspective of college life from someone who is officially employed. (Hopefully…it isn’t too different…I don’t want to get too lazy during spring semester.)
For more about the Orr Fellowship, check out their website!
This summer I realized something pretty big, something Earth-shattering.
Ok, maybe it isn’t that big. But it still is rather important.
Contrary to popular belief, college life is not real life.
For the last 3 years, I have felt like a grown-up, like a real person with real life problems and situations. Actually, it’s not real at all. Most of the problems I see every day not things that happen in every day real life. For instance, people coming over and drinking all of our slushies (apparently not everyone has a slushie machine in their house), or not being able to put holes in my walls while I’m decorating my room (look out for a blog on my back to school crafting and decorating soon!). But most importantly, college distorts our perception of time.
Most semesters are about 16 weeks long, so our lives revolve around that singular time period. We worry about the test that is coming up next week, then once that passes we move onto the midterm the next week, and lastly the final that we cap off the semester with. Even with projects, everything has to be started, developed, and put into action within that 16 week time period, or else there isn’t a way to get graded for it. On the flip side, in the real world, 16 weeks is sometimes much less time than is allowed to complete projects (or in some cases…brainstorm them), which is kind of a problem when you have an internship that is only a few months long.
Personally, I can’t wait to get out into the real world to be able to look at life in a more long-term prospective, because right now my version of long-term is Thanksgiving. Past that, I don’t really think about things much, with the exception of my TBD post-grad plans of course….so on second thought….let’s stick with the college mentality. I’m totally fine with postponing the inevitable for as long as possible….
Can't I just stay in college forever???
This summer is my last official summer of my school days, and I am slowly but surely realizing how unfortunate that is. I love having free days when I can stay in my pajamas until 3 p.m. and watch Real Housewives of New Jersey reruns on Bravo all day long. Then I might go out to the pool, and lay out with my dogs, while eating Fla-Vor-Ice popsickles until my mouth goes numb. It’s a tough life out there for a bum, and that is how I have spent quite a few of my summer days….and I loveee it. But since I have an internship this summer, I haven’t spent any days doing this….which has been outrageously disappointing. Of course I am having a fabulous time with my internship, and I love what I do, but I have found that I am so much more busy now that I ever would have imagined.
Every day I get up around 7:00 a.m., and am at work by 8:30. I leave there around 5:15 or so…and before I know it…the night is over. A couple nights a week we do fun things with other interns, whether it means we are going to TinCaps games or having dinner together. On the other nights I keep myself busy watching my summer TV shows, writing papers for my internship class, and catching up with people on Facebook. Then on weekends I keep myself busy with visiting friends and family….basically leaving no free time for me. Is it bad that I am so busy now that I am looking forward to starting school again, simply so I might have some free time???
I miss hanging out on this deck so much now....
As soon as the Indy 500 and my Princess activities were finished, my parents and I drove to Fort Wayne to move me into my apartment for the summer. I am interning with Vera Bradley all summer long, and since it is located in Fort Wayne and I live on the other side of the state, I had to find a place to live and a roommate for a few months (luckily, Vera helped out). Before race weekend I only had a day to pack up all of my stuff for the weekend and the summer, and my poor parents, sister, and future brother-in-law were nice enough to put everything in the car and drive it up. Let me just say that when they opened the back of the vehicle, things fell out…and my Dad could never see out of the rear view mirror because there was so much in the car. Not everything fit….but they brought up as much as humanly possible….which was still impressive!
I officially moved into my apartment on Memorial Day, and ever since I have been trying to get caught up on decorating, posting pictures, doing things for my internship, blogging, meeting the other interns, and sleeping. Being a grown up really is exhausting….especially when you are trying to be social at the same time. And unfortunately, there aren’t nap breaks in the middle of the day at work…so…I have been giving coffee a try for the first time ever (I’m like Olivia, tea is my thing usually). It’s not so bad…when it is half creamer and sugar.
I would include photos of my new apartment….but I only have one. So…this is the only proof that I have that I am not living out of my car any longer. Don’t worry, the apartment is almost complete…and a photo tour will be coming soon!
Sitting out on our porch with our fun lights...it's so nice to be a grown up...