A few months ago, I graduated from college.
Wow. That hasn’t quite sunk in.
I gravitate toward the “back to school” sales, and then remember that I don’t have to. Doesn’t stop me from buying house stuff that’s on sale 😉
Everyone asks during your senior year, “what do you plan to do after graduation?”
Talk about pressure!
Thankfully, I had already felt God’s call to the beautiful city of Philadelphia. I had visited and attended dance classes and researched months before my first semester of senior year started.
My reply was usually, “I’m moving to Philadelphia. I’ll work as a nanny (pays better) and take dance classes. I’ll audition for the companies in the area. And I plan to start freelance writing.”
I knew what I wanted to do. But it’s been a lot harder than I expected, even though I knew it would be hard based on my research.
1. Nannying 8 hours a day is exhausting. At school, I worked with children occasionally, but I mostly worked as an office assistant/receptionist and as a writer. Very different type of work.
2. Driving and parking in the city…for a girl who grew up in small towns – frightening and frustrating.
3. Figuring out how to set up my own utilities, internet, and transferring my state residency…it’s been a real pain. But it’s slowly working out.
4. Everything is so much more expensive and I have had to find new stores and brands for much of my regular buys.
5. Making connections and new friends is also a long process. I’m a friendly person, but I also tend to stay home if I have no reason to go out.
Even with all the new challenges of living alone and paying for all my expenses myself, I am thankful for the people I’ve met and the places I’ve gone over the past few months. As I move into my first fall out of school, I look forward to a new type of business and scheduling. And I pray that my fellow recent grads are trusting God as they figure out their next steps. 🙂