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The Life of a Post-Grad

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May 10, 2014. A date to remember. The day I walked across the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and graduated from St. Edward’s University. The day I officially entered the real world. 

College was an experience, full of highs and lows. Transferring to St. Edward’s University took my world and turned it upside down – in more ways than one.

I was able to make life-long friends, ones that I cannot ever live without (and I’m not sure how I survived this long without them). I met amazing people, worked with the most fantastic mentor, and got to work several jobs (three at one time!).

I traveled to Japan, opened myself up to eating new foods, and went to a theme park themed for Hello Kitty and friends (Sanrio, really, but they’re one and the same to me).

I got to see my absolutely favorite band (Icon For Hire, I’m talking about you) and saw my first kpop group live in Dallas (and one of them told me my dress was pretty). One of my new friends grew my addiction to kpop. 

I also learned that things don’t last forever, that friendships fade and people aren’t always who you think they are. That people leave this world for another and just when your heart is on the verge of crumbling away into nothing, things do get better. That when you have a pet, you have to eventually say goodbye and it hurts like nothing else in the world. 

I learned to love myself, to tell myself that I am perfect the way that I am. And when you have been telling yourself that you aren’t good enough for a while, it means so much more when you can finally look at yourself and say “I’m wonderful.” 

Some things didn’t change: my love for all things Disney and giraffes, my urge to always eat Chinese food, my adoration for fashion and good clothing, my want to travel the world… 

College. It’s a four-year experience. And despite all of the homework and stress and craziness, there’s a lot of good. I’m a better person because of the experiences I went through and the people I met. And I hope to convey that to whoever hires me in the future. As I continue searching for jobs (while heading back to the theater for the summer), I’ll remember everything that I’ve learned. 

Hard work. Dedication. Respect. Fun. And the importance of never giving up. 

Because I know I can do anything if I put my mind to it. And I will. I’ll do everything I can. 

I’m gonna go places and I’ll write down every step of the way. It may take a while and it may not be exactly what I want it to be, but good things are coming. I know I can handle the bad, so I just need to keep my eye on the rainbow and enjoy the journey. 

You, too. Sometimes the rain may pour down and you might be beaten down by hail, but stand tall and keep on going. It’ll get better. There’s good coming for you. Enjoy college. Remember everything you learn (though, I don’t expect you to remember all your classroom material; I know I don’t) and go places. I know you can.

And I know you will. 

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The Perks of Being a University Student… and the Non-Perks

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St. Edward’s University is probably – no, it is the best thing that has happened to me. There is no probably. People always tell you that college will be the best part of your life, that you need to move off to a university and partake in the wonderful experiences that it will throw your way. You might just shrug it off at first. I mean, life is pretty good right now.

And that’s true. But it gets better – and that is something that is pretty wow. 

I can’t not say enough how wonderful transferring to St. Edward’s has been to me. I’ve gone through a lot of life-changing experiences: learning about friendship (which involves losing old friends and making new ones that I’ll keep for life), being involved in an awesome class assignment that involves a consulting project, finishing a NaNoWriMo in about 20 days, learning to live away from my family, being involved with organizations I didn’t have the time before, getting the chance to have an internship, and so so much more. The opportunities and experiences are endless.

So, I hope you can understand when I say that I am nervous for next year. I really want to continue attending the university, but there is the issue of scholarships and financial aide for next year. It’s a wonderful wonderful school, but it is college and it is a private school at that. It equals up to maximum expenses and big loans (and even bigger debt). Paying a lot of money is expected, but I really would like to minimize expenses – or figure out how to suddenly get rich all of a sudden. I’ve been applying for scholarships, but no luck yet.

For those of you interested in scholarships, look at as many places as you can. They are all over the place… just a little difficult to obtain, though. Definitely check with your school for scholarships you can apply for through them. Other opportunities may include: military scholarships, Frame My Future Scholarship (deadline is March 5, people!), federal grants, Duct-Tape Prom (for you high school seniors out there), the Dr. Pepper Tuition contest (though, this has passed… Keep an eye out for it later on this year!), and way more. Like I said, look around. A site I’ve found extremely helpful is Zinch.com – they even offer some of their own scholarship contests.

If you have any advice for me on scholarships (or for others as well!) please comment below and share. I (and everyone else) will really appreciate you. I’ll even give you a virtual hug! Or, if you just want to comment on how amazing college is, that works too. I’d love to gush and ooh and ahh over your experiences! 🙂

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