Welcome to my very first post!! I hope to have an ‘About Me’ page soon, but in the meantime, I’ll give you the rundown.
I graduated from a small liberal arts college in North Carolina in 2008. Like many people, I think of my time in college as the best four years of my life. I had (and still have) an incredible group of friends; I loved my classes and found my passion for psychology; and I met my amazing boyfriend of almost five years. Life just seemed easy for many reasons, but mostly because there was so much flexibility in terms of how you decided to spend your day. Aside from attending classes and completing homework assignments, there was time to exercise outdoors, eat lunch with friends, participate in clubs, volunteer or work off-campus, watch TV, play on the internet, go shopping, party, or (my personal favorite) just sit around and enjoy the company of other interesting people. Because of this, I was very very sad to have to leave the college community and enter the real world. But despite the sadness, part of me was excited to graduate from college because I would finally have my own apartment (I’m obsessed with real estate) and because I would be living in a vibrant new city and beginning a degree in school psychology.
I knew I didn’t want to take any time off after college because I was afraid I wouldn’t go back to school once I started making money and because school was familiar and comfortable to me. For the first few months after graduation, I think I was running on adrenaline because I was so excited to be exploring Boston and meeting new people. Though I definitely had college withdrawal, my friends and I made sure to have frequent mini-reunions and I still had a lot of free time to balance school assignments with relaxation and a part-time job. Going straight to grad school was definitely the right choice for me as it has been a wonderful experience and I’ve made some fantastic friends along the way (Hi Lauren!). However, during my second year of grad school, when I began the fieldwork component of my school psychology program, I starting missing college even more. Although I still had some free time during the week, everyone around me had to go to work each day and I was always exhausted from my inconsistent schedule. In addition, I quit my part-time job and I never wanted to do much during the week because I was trying so hard to save money. I tended to wish away the work week (and the Boston winter), and before I knew it, another year had passed, and I felt old and boring.
I could go on and on about the frustrations of entering adulthood, but I have mostly been dissatisfied with daily life and the lack of balance in the real world. I’ll admit that my lifestyle in college was very unbalanced, as I partied and drank a lot and never really worried about health or finances. However, I’m not quite ready for the other extreme, the responsible and disciplined lifestyle that characterizes ‘real’ grownups. Since I will be beginning my first full-time job this fall (actually its an internship, but its still my first time working full-time), I’ve started this blog to chronicle my quarter life quest to find a twenties-appropriate balance in everyday life. I hope that finding the right work-life-fun balance will stop me from wishing away the stressful weeks and help me take back my twenties before they are over. I look forward to sharing some of my adventures with you and I promise to include plenty of travel, food, fashion, financial struggles, and fun along the way. Thanks for reading!