I’m so excited to say that this past weekend I graduated from Drake University! I was lucky enough to graduate in four years with two degrees: a BA in journalism and a BA in English.
The next chapter of my life has begun and it’s terrifying and amazing all at the same time. This new freedom and adulthood is a new challenge, and it’s one I’m ready to take on.
Over the last few months people have asked me what my plans are. At first I felt like a giant disappointment telling people that I had no plans. But now, however, I’m excited to say that I have no plans. That means I have a blank slate that’s just waiting to be filled. For the time being, I’m staying in Minnesota with my parents and have begun the job search. I would love to settle in the Twin Cities area or go back to Des Moines, but no plans also means being open to anything. And I’m willing to seek out the next chapter wherever my professional life may take me.
As to what I want to do, that’s also a mystery. I’m looking for jobs in communications, in social media, or at magazines. But I’m open to other things. I’m a firm believer in the idea that you find what you’re looking for when you least expect it.
So I will enjoy my summer and spend time with my family and friends. I will search for the job that’s right for me. And I will take the time to be proud of myself for graduating from college. And, as always, I’ll remember to laugh along the way. Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” I’m not going to waste a single day.