I absolutely cannot believe that I graduated from college a year ago. I feel like so much has happened since then even though it feels like just yesterday I was crossing that stage and receiving my diploma. Since May 10, 2014 I have moved back to Houston and into an apartment with my amazing boyfriend, gone on vacation to Hawaii with my parents and boyfriend, worked at Vera Bradley, got a wonderful marketing internship, and much more…It’s been a crazy journey since graduating and it’s definitely been nothing like I expected it to be. Now I am heading back to the city where it all started (my college town) to embark on a new journey. I am so stoked to see what’s in store for me in the future as I find the right career path and everything else in between.
I’m going to have a moment of honesty right now. I am not going to lie, I definitely graduated from college and expected my life to just fall into place, and well, it didn’t. I expected that once I graduated and began my job search that I would immediately find a full time position that I loved, and that would be that. Well that was just not the case for me, and to be completely honest, for awhile I felt like a failure because things didn’t turn out as expected. I was embarrassed because everyone else around me seemed to be making things happen for themselves and I just wasn’t. People would ask me where I was working and I’d be really hesitant to tell them that I was just an intern somewhere.
I know I didn’t have the most conventional path after graduation, but that’s completely okay. It definitely took me awhile to accept this fact but now that I have, I am so much happier. I think what people forget to mention is that not everyone’s lives just come together immediately after graduation. It’s just something that’s not talked about even though it should be and you shouldn’t feel guilty or have people make you feel guilty for being in that boat. So for everyone struggling to find a full time job after college, this is for you. Don’t fret, you will find your place eventually. Sometimes it just takes longer than you expect so hang in there because good things are coming your way.