I am finally done! So weird to think that four years have passed!
I think back and in the last few weeks I had a lot of talks with other close friends about their plans going in the future and their experiences. The best questions I heard over the past month was, why did you go to college? This reflective question lasted hours and gave perspective at why I was here in the first place. Overall my answer was to walk away with an better idea of how the world works and what I wanted to do to change it. My main reason wasn’t to find a job or even to be the first of my family to graduate. I am glad that I learned how to accomplish those but I am happier that I completed my goal. The reason I went through all of those sleepless nights and back to back tests, was to challenge myself and open my mind.
The biggest class I was worried for this entire semester was Japanese, and I am so happy that I passed. My final semester was 5 classes, multiple student groups and preparing for my future, and this one class was still the one I was consistently stressing over. I do not think I am fluent but I also feel like I’ve a better sense of the language than I would have gotten short of studying abroad. I still meet up with my tutor and we have become good friends! After all the work I have put into this language, I do not want to forget any.
I also had a great experience with the University YMCA. I received an award for the most growth in leadership skills and had an incredible heartfelt moment with the kids. I loved that I had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people and see what life would be like doing close community work with middle schoolers. The director of the program was even the one to put my stole on me during the graduation ceremony. In such a short time, I feel like all of the volunteer work I did really helped give me an outlet in my last year and guidance into future careers post college.
I am currently looking and applying for jobs. I have used many of the networks I made in the past few years and am hoping for a job in management. I would like a job that works close with a team and has more opportunities for growth than those behind a desk all day. I am excited for new job experience and to begin the next chapter! I hope everyone is doing well and I can’t wait to see everyone at the next get together!