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One Month Down

And a lifetime to go.

I’ve been out of college for month. Granted, it’s only my undergraduate degree, but it still means a lot to me. When I get the actual piece of paper that credits my education, I can wave it around in peoples’ faces and say, “Lookie here, I went to school for four years and learned a lot.” I’m excited to do that.

What have I done in this one month of freedom?

Well, I went to work back at the theater for the present time frame. Just because I don’t have a permanent job doesn’t mean that I don’t have bills to pay. It’s nice being back – I kind of missed the hectic atmosphere of the weekends (even though I miss having my free weekends).

I’ve gone to several interviews, even one on my birthday. That one was my third time interviewing with Apple and I think I’m just waiting to hear back on whether or not I got the job. I had a phone interview this Monday for another position with the company Innealta and will be having a second interview tomorrow morning. This is for a Marketing and Sales Assistant position and it looks very promising – a lot of experience and administration skills to be learnt through it.

I got addicted to a fun Korean variety show called Roommate. It’s about eleven celebrities that have been thrown into the same house and are roommates. It’s very cute and fun to watch. The only thing I don’t like is that I have to wait a week between episodes to find out what happens next (as it would be with every great TV show I watch as it’s being aired).

My summer goals? Well, I tried to get a little tan one day. And I’ve written a teeny tiny little bit.

Actually, I’ve been pretty busy with work and am too exhausted to want to do anything in my free time. I’ll work on getting better and not procrastinating things I’ve set myself up to do. They’re my goals for a reason, right?

For now, I’m just waiting to see where my path takes me next. Which job will I get? When will I head back to Austin? When will I find true love?

Oh, wait. This post isn’t about true love.

In all seriousness, I do keep wondering what is going to happen next. It could be anything and that’s equally parts exhilarating and frightening.

No worries, though. No matter where my path takes me, I’ll make sure to let you know. It’s an adventure I want to share and that I hope you want to learn about.

What about you, dear reader? Where is your story taking you? Is the beginning of the summer taking you on amazing adventures or has this been a time for you to sit back and relax from the chaos that is called life?

 

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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 Future – What I Plan To Do

It is scary to consider the fact that in a year and a half I will be graduating from college with my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. It seems so far away, but I know the time that it takes to reach that point in my life will fly by. I am finding it increasingly important to think about what I will do with this degree once I am out in the world.

It’s extremely hard to decide what one best thing that I will do. There are so many hobbies, important memories, and experiences that will lead me to the correct “career.” I would really like to work my way into the administration team of a large corporation and earn enough money to eventually one day start my own business. I know that my dream may seem a little big, but I find it is sometimes best to think big. If you don’t shoot for the stars, you won’t reach them.

In my mind, however, there is another thing that keeps coming back to me and that is: how am I going to give back to others? I know that it isn’t considered the “norm” for those in business to want to give. I think it’s a pretty bad stereotype. I’ve seen many people that do things that help individuals in their community. I want to make sure that whatever business I end up working for has a strong connection with the community – perhaps it donates some of their revenue to charities or goes out of its way to help the homeless. If I find that the organization that I work with does not have a way to help others, I think I might get involved. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is something that I really want to aid. In fact, I have plans for a service project in my upstart café that will help to donate money to this organization. I am still working on the idea, but I really think that it can be at least a little help.

Looking forward to the future both excites and scares me. I don’t know what to expect. There is a goal in mind, but I know that fate doesn’t always give you exactly what you want to. My dream is to create a café and bar establishment with my best friend. We want to attract a lot of different customers and give people a nice place to come to when they need to get away. It would be wonderful if this eventually happens. I think that would be the most pivotal point in my life.

And you, dear readers? What are your plans for the future?

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