Ok, so I’m stealing this concept — I read Commencement (something I recommend everyone should read, no matter how long ago you graduated!)the summer I graduated (June 2010) and realized that the author totally had it figured out. Life, especially life right after college, is like being in college all over again — so she split the four years after graduation in freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years of life. And as I embark on the summer before my Junior year of life, I’d like to take a little time to look back and, in the process, perhaps help you evaluate your time out of college as well.
Freshman Year May 2010-May 2011
In this time, I moved out to Long Island, got a job, got a new apartment, got a new job, got a raise and learned the meaning of true friends.
Sophomore Year May 2011-May 2012
In this time I traveled for work, traveled for SPJ, joined the SPJ Generation J committee, spoke as an expert on a morning TV show, got another raise and got a brand new apartment. I also fell in love with Hot Yoga and started taking my “future” seriously. Still in love with journalism and finally learning that I am, indeed, enough.
Sophomore Year Summer
In college, this was the summer that ultimately defined the course of my life…or at least my life as I know it now.
Sophomore year I traveled to Italy and back, broke up with my boyfriend and found friends who were like the sisters I never had. Although some of those friendships are still intact, so many of them drifted away…much like the dreams I had for my life in that sophomore year summer.
I started visiting Huntington, Long Island regularly and boldly proclaimed that I would “live here someday.” Well, guess what — someday is today and as of June 1, I’ve been living out here for 2 years.
This summer was also the summer I fell deeply in love with Journalism — I had my first internship for an online news organization and worried that because I lacked print experience I’d never get a job — yet another ironic statement. My digital experience led me to internship after internship, and ultimately out to Long Island.
I am thankful for all that success and as the promise of another “sophomore” summer is upon me, I am eager to see what grand changes will happen.
What year are you in? What changes have you made since graduating from college? Do you believe in this? Share your thoughts with me.